Authorities in England are investigating how a woman who was 28-weeks pregnant received abortion drugs in the mail and used them to abort her viable unborn baby this spring.
The Sun reports police in the Midlands said they are looking into several cases of suspected abuse related to the new abortion “pills by post” program in the UK.
Pro-life leaders warned of abuses and other dangers when the British government decided to make it easier for women to get the abortion drugs during the coronavirus pandemic. After the government removed the safety regulations, abortion facilities began selling abortion drugs to women by mail after a brief telephone conversation. The drugs are supposed to be used up to 10 weeks of pregnancy, but reports indicate that abuses are occurring.
According to The Sun, police said one women received abortion pills in the mail and used them to abort her 28-week unborn baby. At 28 weeks, her unborn baby was viable and past the 24-week legal abortion limit in England.
Police said they also launched a murder investigation into the death of a newborn after a woman allegedly gave birth to a live baby after taking abortion drugs that she had received in the mail.
New evidence indicates that the abortion drugs are killing mothers as well as their unborn babies. This week, the pro-life group SPUC demanded an immediate investigation after evidence surfaced that two women died after taking the abortion drugs this spring.
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The Sun reports authorities with the Care Quality Commission also are looking into seven additional cases where mothers needed emergency treatment after taking the abortion drugs.
“We are aware of a small number of serious incidents,” said Nigel Acheson, deputy chief inspector of hospitals for the commission. “We have followed up directly with the providers concerned, and continue to work to ensure the appropriate safeguards are in place to protect women.”
Marie Stopes International and the British Pregnancy Advisory Services (BPAS) are the two main abortion groups providing abortion drugs by mail in the UK.
Pro-life leaders are fighting to protect unborn babies and mothers from the dangerous mail-order abortion program. The pro-life organization Christian Concern filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of at-home abortions. Others have been raising awareness about the dangers of the abortion drugs and the resources available to mothers who choose life for their unborn babies.
According to a recent undercover investigation, abortion facilities did not attempt to check the women’s identities or verify how far along they were in their pregnancies – even though the risks of severe bleeding and hemorrhaging are higher after 10 weeks of pregnancy, the Daily Mail reports.
In another case, an abortion facility was willing to sell abortion drugs to an undercover investigator posing as a woman who did not want to look pregnant for her beach vacation.
Meanwhile in the United States, abortion activists are pushing the Food and Drug Administration to abandon long-standing safety regulations and allow mail-order, at-home abortions.
The abortion drugs are used to abort unborn babies 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.
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.