Alex Nommay, a British nurse, believes it is her job to protect her patients during the coronavirus, even when it means putting her own health at risk.
It would be a praise-worthy sacrifice if Nommay’s work was life-saving. But it isn’t. She works for one of the largest abortion chains in the world, Marie Stopes International.
In a recent column at the women’s blog Refinery 29, Nommay made her work killing unborn babies seem like legitimate, necessary health care.
“I always feel incredibly passionate about my job but the coronavirus crisis has really brought that home,” she wrote. “The need for sexual and reproductive health services has only increased as we face the global pandemic of COVID-19 and large numbers of women struggle to access contraception during lockdown.”
She lamented how some women have broken quarantine to come to their abortion facility.
“I’ll never forget one woman I cared for shortly after lockdown was announced. She was so scared about the virus that she asked me to scan her with my arm outstretched fully so that I wouldn’t be too close to her,” Nommay remembered.
She praised the British government for loosening restrictions on abortion drugs during the coronavirus so that women do not have to leave their homes to abort their unborn babies.
On 31st March, the UK government allowed women to take early medical abortion pills at home during the COVID-19 crisis. Experts like us at Marie Stopes have been calling for this for some time but, in the midst of this public health crisis, it was vital that such action was taken.
This decision changed my role in many ways. I have undertaken training to allow me to provide telemedicine appointments, so that women can have full nurse-led consultations over the phone before having their abortion pills sent to their home address, allowing many women to access abortion care without having to leave their homes.
Nommay said women have expressed relief that they can have abortions at home right now – even though at-home abortions could risk more lives.
What Nommay is doing is not health care. She is not healing or saving lives or relieving physical pain. She is helping to end the lives of unique, living human beings – her patients’ own children.
Recently, medical groups representing more than 30,000 doctors in America emphasized that abortions are not “essential” or “urgent,” and abortion facilities that continue to operate during the pandemic are being “medically irresponsible.”
What’s more, abortion drugs are dangerous and can be deadly to the mother as well as her unborn baby. The abortion drug mifepristone has been linked to at least 24 women’s deaths and 4,000 serious complications. Risks of mifepristone and misoprostol, the most common abortion drugs taken together to abort and then expel an unborn baby from the womb, include excessive bleeding, severe abdominal pain, infection and hemorrhage.
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A 2009 study “Immediate Complications After Medical Compared With Surgical Termination of Pregnancy,” in Obstetrics and Gynecology found a complication rate of approximately 20% for the abortion drugs compared to 5.6% for surgical abortions. Hemorrhages and incomplete abortions were among the most common complications.
The drugs are used up to 10 weeks of pregnancy, and the FDA recommends that they be provided in-person by a licensed medical professional. In-person exams are important for dating the pregnancy; the abortion drugs do not work well later in pregnancy and potentially could lead to more complications. Exams also can detect ectopic pregnancies, which can be deadly on their own but especially so if the woman takes the abortion drugs.
Nommay’s abortion chain, Marie Stopes, also has a poor reputation for patient safety. In 2016, British health inspectors discovered such alarming health problems inside its British facilities that the government temporarily forced Marie Stopes to stop doing certain abortions.
Inspectors reportedly found 2,634 health violations in 2016. In one case, inspectors said they intervened in a situation where a woman with learning disabilities was being pressured into an abortion even though she appeared distressed and did not understand what was going on, The Telegraph reported at the time.
Problems persisted. In 2017, a British Care Quality Commission report found the abortion chain botched nearly 400 abortions in a two-month period. It also found evidence that Marie Stopes may be pressuring women to have abortions by incentivizing staff with bonuses.
Meanwhile, its CEO is one of the highest paid in the UK.
This is not “care.” Nommay was trained to save lives, to heal and comfort, but abortions do not do any of that. They kill unborn babies and often harm mothers, too.