Public Opinion

A Savanta ComRes poll of 1,046 adults in England, carried out in December 2020 shows that a majority of the public in England have concerns about the scheme. The main findings were:

  • 71% said they are concerned about women having a medical abortion at home after a phone or video consultation with a doctor. 

 

  • 84% said  they are concerned about women finding it distressing potentially having to dispose of the terminated pregnancy either into the toilet or sanitary pads.

  • 82% said they are concerned about the possibility of abortion pills being falsely obtained for another person with a telemedicine abortion appointment where the doctor has not seen the woman in person. 14% say they are not concerned.

  • 84% said they are concerned about women being at risk of being coerced into an abortion by a partner or family member with a telemedicine abortion appointment where the doctor has not seen the woman in person. 11% say they are not concerned.

  • 85% said say they are concerned about women being at risk of unwanted abortion arising from domestic abuse by partners controlling or monitoring their actions with a  telemedicine abortion appointment where the doctor has not seen the woman in person. 9% say they are not concerned.  

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