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Abortion by telemedicine in the European Union

Hervey, Tamara, Sheldon, Sally (2018) Abortion by telemedicine in the European Union. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 145 (1). pp. 125-128. ISSN 0020-7292. (doi:10.1002/ijgo.12738) (KAR id:72712)


This paper analyses an important set of legal issues raised by the telemedical provision of abortion pills. Focusing on the case of EU law, it suggests that a properly accredited doctor seeking to treat a patient with abortion pills is entitled, in principle, to rely on EU rules of free movement to protect her access to patients in other member states and women facing unwanted pregnancies likewise have legal rights to access the services thus offered. EU countries seeking to claim an exception to those rules on the basis of public health or the protection of a fundamental public policy interest (here, the protection of fetal life) will face significant barriers.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/ijgo.12738
Uncontrolled keywords: telemedicine; early medical abortion; abortion pills; mifepristone; misoprostol; EU law; trade law; free movement of services
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Sally Sheldon
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2019 16:58 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2020 14:27 UTC
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