Women in England will be allowed to take an early abortion pill at home by the end of the year.
The current system makes women, who are ending a pregnancy in its first 10 weeks, take two pills at a clinic up to 48 hours apart.
But this can leave some women enduring the traumatic experience of miscarrying while on their way home.
This will be avoided under the government’s new plans to ensure they receive ‘safe and dignified care’.
Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, said: ‘Abortion can be a difficult experience so it is important that women feel safe and as comfortable as possible.
‘This decision will increase choice for women and help ensure they receive safe and dignified care.’
Campaigners and gynaecologists welcomed the move to allow women to use misoprostol at home, following in the footsteps of Scotland and Wales.
The government said it will legalise home-use by the end of the year.
Professor Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said it was a ‘major step forward’.
‘It will allow women to avoid distress and embarrassment of bleeding and pain during their journey home from an unnecessary second visit to a clinic or hospital,’ she said.
‘It will also improve access to safe and regulated abortion care and take pressure off NHS services.’
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Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas), said the decision ‘represents an outbreak of common sense’ and will improve the experience of the more than 100,000 women in England who have early abortions each year.
Ms Furedi said: ‘Enabling women to use this medication at home rather than being forced to take it in a clinic means women will no longer risk pain and bleeding as they travel home after taking it, and means they can use it at the time that is right for them, when they are safe and comfortable in the privacy of their own homes.’
The new process will still see women taking mifepristone, the first medication, at a clinic.
They will then be given the option of taking the second medication, misoprostol, at home.
Wales announced the move in June, while the change was made in Scotland last year following advice from clinicians and women’s groups.
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