British Abortion Business Wants Nurses to Dispense RU 486 Abortion Pill

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 28, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 28
, 2006

London, England ( — The largest abortion business in England isn’t satisfied that the nation’s laws essentially allow unlimited abortions. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) is calling for the nation’s government to review the abortion laws and allow just one physician instead of two to sign off on an abortion.

In addition, BPAS also wants British abortion laws revised to allow nurses to dispense the dangerous abortion drug RU 486 to women rather than the current mandates saying only doctors should dispense the drug.

The abortion drug has been responsible for the deaths of twelve women, including seven in the United States, two in England, and one in France, Sweden, and Canada.

Abortions in the UK have been on the rise as there were 200,000 done in 2005, a 20 percent increase from 1995 figures. The changes BPAS suggests would pave the way for those numbers to increase further.

The abortion business released the results of a poll it conducted in which it claims 63 percent of Britons want abortion to remain legal. However, the British Politics UK web site said the survey showed a shift with fewer people supporting absolute abortion rights and more people supporting some limits than before.

Pro-life groups discounted the poll as biased and one-sided.

"This rather thin and inconclusive polling data adds nothing useful to the debate on abortion," Life spokeswoman Michaela Aston told the web site.

"We question why the British public should take this data at face value. Bpas is, after all, a business and one that makes money from the provision of abortion and abortion-related services. Of course they are defending the lucrative status quo," Aston added.

BPAS has come under fire for sending women to Spain for very dangerous late-term abotions.

Last December, a British doctor was charged in a case of evading British law restricting late-term abortions by sending a woman to the late-term abortion center.

Saroj Adlakha was accused of arranging the abortion for Shilpa Abrol, who was 31 weeks pregnant at the time. Abrol and Adlakha, were charged with conspiracy to commit an offense against a person outside the United Kingdom.

Adlakha admitted she coordinated an abortion for the woman on the advise of British Pregnancy Advisory Service officials.

Meanwhile, in October, Nadine Dorries, the MP for Mid Bedfordshire, was unsuccessful in her bid to put more limits in place on late-term abortions. Dorries’ bill cutting the time limit for abortions from 24 weeks into pregnant to 21 and to introduce a 10-day waiting period before an abortion could be done failed on a 187-108 vote.

More than 10,000 women used the dangerous abortion drug in England last year that has injured more than 950 women alone in the U.S.

BPAS said the number of abortions using mifepristone rose from 3,500 in 2003 to 5,000 in 2004 to more than 10,000 last year.

The company said the demand for the abortion drug has surged following it’s changing its protocols to let women go home after taking the second part of the two-part abortion pill.

Aston pointed to problems in the United States showing the drug hurts women.

Some of the hundreds of women in the United States who have had problems with the drug have required emergency surgery for incomplete abortions, needed blood transfusions, or other hospitalization.

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