FSRH Position Statement on Abortion including Decriminalisation

Our beliefs

FSRH believes women should be able to access safe and legal abortion wherever they live in the UK.

Our Vision

Our vision is a UK in which there is no fear of harassment or stigma for women who consult healthcare professionals for abortion. All women should be able to receive prompt access to abortion services, which should include good pregnancy decision-making support and access to post-abortion counselling if needed.

Decriminalisation of abortion in the UK

FSRH supports the removal of criminal sanctions associated with abortion, throughout the UK. Abortion should be subject to appropriate professional standards and regulatory frameworks.

Where it is assessed to be safe on a case-by-case basis, FSRH supports use of abortion medication at home (or a place of the woman’s choice).

FSRH supports the provision of contraceptive services in abortion care. We believe that abortion services should be required and commissioned to employ appropriately trained healthcare professionals to provide contraceptive advice, information and care to all women who want it.

This position on decriminalisation of abortion has been informed by the results of a consultation with the Faculty membership in October 2017 and has been reached following in depth discussions and a vote at FSRH Council.

Download the position statement below as a pdf.