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How the pandemic forced long-overdue abortion law reform

Sensible policy changes may leave women wondering: why wasn’t it like this before?

By Phoebe Arslanagic-Wakefield  

Photo: PA

The current crisis places us in an extraordinary state of flux and society may never return to normal. Post-Covid-19, employers may struggle to talk employees back onto their commutes and into the office, certain industries may never recover, and the government’s generous financial support packages may be hard to row back. Indeed, the changes initiated are proving highly disruptive to norms, some which have evolved over time to become meaningless shibboleths.

One such reactionary norm is that, under English law, women seeking to abort an early…

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