Nearly 300 healthcare workers across Northern Ireland urged leaders to resist the pressure to legalize dangerous at-home abortions in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Catholic Universe reports 277 medical workers signed the open letter to Northern Ireland Minister of Health Robin Swann, warning that the do-it-yourself abortions are “unsafe and unacceptable.”
“Women and children in Northern Ireland deserve better care than these unsafe and unacceptable ‘at-home’ abortion schemes provide,” they wrote.
England began allowing do-it-yourself abortions with the abortion drugs mifepristone and misoprostol in March. Since then, reports of women dying and a baby being born alive after its mother took the abortion drugs have surfaced.
Despite numerous health and safety concerns, abortion activists are pressuring Northern Ireland, the United States and other countries also to allow at-home abortions – supposedly to protect women from potential exposure to the coronavirus.
However, the Northern Ireland medical workers said the proposed abortion expansion is “sadly ironic” because it would put more mothers and unborn babies’ lives at risk.
“At a time when precious healthcare resources are being sidelined for the rightful and necessary treatment and prevention of Covid-19, it is foolish to set aside funding and resources for a form of treatment that provides no improvement in healthcare outcomes, indeed in many cases providing worse outcomes, and is essentially ideological in nature,” they wrote.
They urged lawmakers to act immediately to save lives by reversing the pro-abortion law that the British Parliament imposed on Northern Ireland in 2019 while it did not have a functioning government, according to the report.
Additionally, the healthcare workers asked lawmakers to increase “support for women in situations of unplanned pregnancy so that both mother and child receive full and appropriate provision for their physical and mental health.”
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Pro-life leaders also have been speaking out against the dangerous push to legalize do-it-yourself abortions.
“We commend the brave healthcare workers of Northern Ireland who have spoken out against this dangerous and violent program,” said a spokesperson for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). “’DIY’ home abortion provision is a travesty that should never have been introduced. Allowing women to take powerful drugs alone at home shows a complete lack of care and respect for women, as well as further devaluing the value of human life in the womb.”
In England, abortion facilities now are 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.
The abortion drugs may be killing mothers as well as their unborn babies. Over the summer, SPUC demanded an immediate investigation after evidence surfaced that two women died after taking the abortion drugs in the spring.
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 serious complications. Exams also can detect potentially deadly ectopic pregnancies as well.
Abortion drugs are dangerous for the mother as well as her unborn baby. The abortion drug mifepristone has been linked to dozens of women’s deaths and thousands of 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 percent for the abortion drugs compared to 5.6 percent 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.