SACHA (Shaping Abortion for Change) Study

Posted 1 December 2021

Date: 01 Dec 2021

Type: FSRH Press Releases and Statements

Significant changes are occurring in the landscape of abortion provision and the SACHA (Shaping Abortion for Change) Study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, is the largest research project on abortion to be carried out to date in the UK aiming to create an evidence base to guide new directions in abortion care.

The study will collate and synthesise existing research findings on novel models of care, draw lessons from countries spearheading reforms in abortion provision, and consult women, practitioners, and key stakeholders on approaches likely to be most feasible and acceptable in the UK context.

The proposed decriminalisation and demedicalisation of abortion will have significant implications for all methods of delivery and care, and for health care practitioners’ roles in administering and supporting abortion procedures. The study team will be contacting health professionals with a questionnaire to complete over the next few months, if you receive this and have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Natasha Salaria (

The SACHA study has received favourable ethical opinion from the NHS Health Research Authority, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), MSI Reproductive Choices and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS).

Further information is available at the study website.