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Complications arising from DIY abortions
‘DIY’ home abortion, where there is no requirement for the woman undergoing the abortion to have a face-to-face consultation with a medical professional, have been available in the UK since March 2020.
A number of politicians have been outspoken about the danger it poses to women. In particular, last year, Baroness (Philippa) Stroud commented: “It is difficult to quantify the number of complications that have arisen from these pills, such as incomplete abortion and continued bleeding, due to insufficient data collection of patients receiving the pills, but Freedom of Information (FOI) requests have revealed the aftermath from the pills-by-post process to include sepsis, hemorrhaging, embolisms, renal failure and trauma to pelvic organs, among other medical complications”.
The limit for ‘DIY’ home abortion is supposed to be 10 weeks gestation. As abortion provider, BPAS, states, one week’s difference, from less than 9 weeks gestation to a 9-10 week gestational age more than doubles the risk of an incomplete abortion from 3% to 7%.
Baroness Stroud highlighted that “there are at least 52 cases officially reported to the Department of Health and Social Care of women who were provided pills-by-post beyond 10 weeks gestation, including one case where the unborn child was at 28 weeks gestation (beyond the legal limit)”.
A leaked email from a Regional Chief Midwife at NHS England and NHS Improvement concerning the “escalating risks” around ‘DIY’ home abortion revealed that one woman was able to receive abortion pills at 32 weeks pregnant and mentions “3 police investigations […] linked to these incidents”, one of which is a murder investigation “as there is a concern that the baby was live born” after a woman used the ‘DIY’ home abortion service.
Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “Sarah Dunn’s death is a tragedy. Her life mattered. The life of every woman who suffers an abortion-related death matters. So, too, do the lives of the unborn babies whose lives are ended by abortion”.
LifeNews Note: Republished with permission from Right to Life UK.