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Baroness Sugg's amendment, After Clause 164 (183)

Health and Care Act 2022

Report stage

Lead member

Baroness Sugg
Conservative, Life peer
Lords

Decision

Agreed
This amendment was agreed to. Where a member has opposed a Clause standing part of a Bill, 'agreed' indicates that the Clause was removed from the Bill.

Amendment text

After Clause 164

Insert the following new Clause—

“Permitted locations for abortion treatment

(1) The Abortion Act 1967 is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection 1(3) after the first “section” insert “, or section 1A of this Act”.

(3) After section 1 insert—

“1A Approved places

(1) The home of a registered medical practitioner is approved as a class of place for treatment for the termination of pregnancy for the purposes only of prescribing the medicines known as Mifepristone and Misoprostol to be used in treatment carried out in the manner specified in subsection (3).

(2) The home of a pregnant woman who is undergoing treatment for the purposes of termination of her pregnancy is approved as a class of place where the treatment for termination of pregnancy may be carried out where that treatment is carried out in the manner specified in subsection (3).

(3) The treatment must be carried out in the following manner—

(a) the pregnant woman has—

(i) attended an approved place,

(ii) had a consultation with an approved place via video link, telephone conference or other electronic means, or

(iii) had a consultation with a registered medical practitioner, nurse or midwife via video link, telephone conference or other electronic means; and

(b) the pregnant woman is prescribed Mifepristone and Misoprostol to be taken for the purposes of the termination of her pregnancy and the gestation of the pregnancy has not exceeded nine weeks and six days at the time the Mifepristone is taken.

(4) Nothing in this section should be taken to affect any approval otherwise made by the Secretary of State under subsections 1(3) or 1(3A) of this Act.

(5) For the purposes of this section—

“approved place” means a hospital in England or Wales, as authorised under section 1(3) of this Act, or a place in England or Wales approved under that section;

“home” means, in the case of a pregnant woman, the place in England or Wales where a pregnant woman has her permanent address or usually resides or, in the case of a registered medical practitioner, where a registered medical practitioner has their permanent address or usually resides.””

Sponsors

Baroness Barker
Liberal Democrat
Life peer
Baroness Thornton
Labour
Life peer
Baroness Watkins of Tavistock
Crossbench
Life peer