Why do British women have to travel hundreds of miles to get abortions? podcasting | News

Unprecedented demand for abortions in the UK is leading to a crisis in abortion services. As women in early pregnancy can now receive abortion pills in the mail, services that offer surgical abortions are stretched to their limits.

At Homerton Hospital in east London, doctors explain to Hannah Moore why women with complications, such as anemia, have to travel hundreds of miles to get the care they need and, in some cases, have to wait weeks before they can have an abortion.

Jonathan Lordmedical director of MSI Reproductive Choices UK, describes the consequences for women who endure such expectations, while Claire Murphychief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, explains how underfunding has put abortion providers in trouble.

Woman looking at pregnancy test at home.

Photography: Violeta Stoimenova/Getty Images

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