A British government decision to allow at-home abortions during the coronavirus shutdowns already appears to be being abused.
The Sun reports police are investigating the abortion death of a viable, late-term unborn baby after the mother received abortion drugs in the mail.
Police said the woman was 28-weeks pregnant, which is four weeks past the legal abortion limit in the UK and 18 weeks past the recommended 10-week limit for abortion drugs. Most premature babies who are born at 28 weeks survive.
It is not clear how the police learned about the baby’s death. The mother reportedly had an at-home abortion through the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, according to the Daily Mail.
Since the British government lifted abortion restrictions earlier this spring, the abortion chain has been selling abortion drugs to women through the mail. Women no longer have to go to an abortion facility for an exam or ultrasound; instead, they talk to a doctor or nurse over the phone and then receive the abortion drugs in the mail.
The drugs are used to abort unborn babies up to 10 weeks of pregnancy, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration 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.
Increasingly, abortion activists are pushing doctors out of the abortion equation and urging countries to allow dangerous, at-home abortions.
However, many others are warning that deregulating abortion drugs could put more lives at risk.
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The Sun reports more:
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas), which runs the “pills by post” service, has confirmed it is investigating the case, plus eight more where women were beyond the ten-week limit.
A Midlands coroner is investigating the 28-week death and police have also been informed.
Last [weekend] a whistleblower said: “The ‘pills by post’ system has been brought in but a 40-minute phone call can never be the same as a proper medical consultation.
“There needs to be a proper investigation to find out just what went wrong.”
Christian Today reports the pro-life British organization Christian Concern filed a lawsuit challenging the government’s decision to allow at-home abortions during the pandemic.
“Pro-abortion campaigners have always said that legalizing abortion is essential to avoid backstreet abortions. Now they are pressuring the government for policies that give women that exact service – no proper medical oversight,” the organization said in a statement.
Christian Concern urged the British Health Secretary to “urgently reverse” the policy to protect lives.
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.
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.
Pro-life advocates also have raised concerns about the drugs being used for forced abortions. A Wisconsin man is facing charges after he allegedly bought abortion drugs online and tried to force his girlfriend to take them.
Women do not need to abort their unborn babies to be healthy. The only thing “essential” about an abortion is the guarantee of a dead baby. 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.”
LifeNews Note: Image below is an ultrasound of an unborn baby at 28 weeks, 6 days.