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Online abortions boomed during the pandemic, and not just because of coronavirus

By Hazal Atay, Ph.D candidate, INSPIRE Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Sciences Po
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The coronavirus pandemic changed the way people all over the world accessed abortions. As lockdowns and other restrictions made it difficult to seek in-person terminations of unwanted pregnancies, some countries made at-home abortions more accessible.

In France, the government temporarily changed the law in April 2020 to allow at-home abortion until seven weeks of pregnancy (or nine weeks since the last period). Teleconsultation abortions – where abortion medication is taken at home in consultation…


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