Telemedicine and medical termination of pregnancy

On March 25, 2020, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued the Telemedicine Practice Guidelines (the Guidelines) for ‘the delivery of healthcare services where distance is a critical factor.’

Around the same time, certain countries introduced remote consultation for the termination of pregnancy. England, for instance, permits ‘home abortion’ by taking pills instead of having to go to hospital to terminate pregnancy.

This article briefly examines whether the medical termination of pregnancy (referred to as ‘abortion’ here) would constitute a ‘healthcare service’ for the purposes of telemedicine.  For the purposes of this article, I am presuming that the individual in question has attained the age of majority (and is not just Gillick-competent) and is in full control of her faculties to the extent of being able to provide express and informed consent.

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Article by Arjun Krishnamoorthy