Women increasingly are turning to the internet to buy abortion drugs to kill their unborn babies, according to a new study.
The study by the University of Edinburgh and the Netherlands reported on the trend among women in England, Scotland and Wales where abortions are legal, taxpayer-funded and widely available, The Daily Mail reports.
Abortion activists are using the study to suggest that even the few abortion regulations in the UK should be overturned. For example, women are required to receive counseling about the abortion, its risks and alternatives several days before the abortion. And unlike in America, the UK requires that all abortion drugs be administered in a registered clinic, rather than taken at home.
“The numbers of women in Britain seeking abortion pills online documented in this study are quite staggering, particularly given that it covers just one service over a four-month period,” said Clare Murphy, director of external affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Services (BPAS), one of the largest abortion chains in the UK.
The study found that at least 519 women tried to obtain abortion drugs online illegally between November 2016 and March of this year through the pro-abortion group Women on Web, according to the report.
In emails to the abortion group, 49 percent of women said they struggled to get an in-clinic abortion because of wait times, distance to the abortion facility, trouble taking off work or finding childcare, or inability to pay. Some also said they previously had a negative experience at an abortion facility.
About 20 percent of women said they faced pressure and violence by a partner or other family member.
The Debrief reports more:
Another 30% of women gave their primary reason for taking abortion pills at home as being due to privacy and confidentiality concerns. One woman told that she chose to take the pills as she’d had a medical abortion six years previously, and said she ‘didn’t like the fact I had to stay in hospital where I wasn’t at all comfortable. I would much rather be in my own home with my partner there to support me.’
Women who do not qualify for taxpayer-funded abortions, such as illegal immigrants or those with visas, said they also looked for ways to buy the abortion drugs online because they are cheaper. An abortion at an abortion clinic or hospital costs about £545 (about $736) in the UK, according to the report.
BPAS is using the findings to suggest that all abortion regulations should be eliminated.
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“It really underlines the need for a thorough overhaul of our abortion laws so that no woman faces clinically unnecessary obstacles in accessing care,” Murphy said. “It also concerns us deeply that women using pills bought online are at risk of life in prison if caught.”
But there are good reasons for abortion regulations. Abortion drugs can be dangerous and even deadly to the mother, as well as her unborn child. Without medical supervision, they especially can be harmful.
An FDA study from 2011 found that the abortion drug RU-486 is responsible for the deaths of at least 14 women in the United States and dozens more worldwide. In the April 2011 report, the FDA found that 2,207 women in the U.S. were injured by the drug. A Planned Parenthood study also admits at least one woman is seriously injured from the abortion drug daily.
Despite the risks, abortion activists across the world have been pushing to allow women to access dangerous abortion drugs at home. For example, the University of California at Berkeley has a Self-Induced Abortion Legal Team, a nonprofit group that “envisions a world” where abortion drugs are as easy to buy as the morning-after pill, according to the Christian Science Monitor.
And earlier this year, abortion activists launched a new website promoting at-home, do-it-yourself abortions to women in the U.S.
A drug-induced abortion actually involves two different drugs. The first drug works by blocking the hormone progesterone, causing the uterine wall to break down and basically suffocating the unborn baby. The second drug then induces contractions to expel the unborn child’s body. They typically are used during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
RU-486 has claimed the lives of more than 2 million unborn children in the United States since its approval at the end of the Clinton administration.