Wales is to allow women to take the abortion pill at home to avoid bleeding and pain in public.
The change in the rules will allow women to take the second abortion pill at home, announced Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething.
Guidance will be issued to health boards in Wales today to allow misoprostol, the second medication needed in a medical termination, to be self-administered at home.
Mr Gething said: “This change in practice offers additional choice to women requesting an abortion and enables them to complete treatment in an environment where they feel most comfortable.
“It will also reduce the burden currently placed on clinical resources, increase the availability of appointments for women who want to access termination of pregnancy services and enable a greater number of women to access abortion provision at an earlier point in their pregnancy.”
The abortion pill – which is two different medicines administered separately – can be taken at the same time, or with a gap of a few days in between.
Women meeting certain criteria will be required to attend a clinic for the administration of mifepristone, the first medication.
They will then have the option to be discharged home to self-administer the second medication, misoprostol. They still have the option to attend a clinic if they prefer.
The decision was made after listening to the views of clinicians and women’s groups, the Welsh government said.
As part of their campaign, the Women’s Equality Party wrote an open letter to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Mr Gething asking for the second pill to be available to be taken at home.