Abortion activists in the United Kingdom want to end a long-standing abortion limit that requires doctors to be directly involved when women want to end their unborn babies’ lives.
If they succeed, the UK would begin allowing nurses and midwives to abort unborn babies. Currently, under the 1967 Abortion Act, only doctors may perform abortions, and two must sign off on every abortion request.
This week, The Guardian reported about a new study, “Shaping Abortion for Change,” paid for by British taxpayers that supports abortion activists’ goal.
In the NHS-commissioned study, more than 20 researchers from seven countries surveyed doctors, midwives, nurses and pharmacists to ask if they would be willing and able to perform abortions. The researchers also interviewed women who recently had abortions to determine their “needs and preferences.”
Nowhere in the report did it mention anything about the study examining the risks of such a change to women’s and unborn babies’ lives. Instead, the research appears to be primarily opinion-based.
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According to The Guardian:
The study concluded that regulations should be changed to allow nurses and midwives to authorise an abortion, prescribe abortion medication and perform vacuum aspirations. Researchers found that medical abortions, in which patients take abortion medication at home, now account for 87% of terminations in England and Wales. …
In the study, 90% of healthcare professionals surveyed told researchers that they believe the decision to have an abortion should be entirely up to the woman. Medics also said anyone seeking a termination should, where possible, be offered a choice of whether to have it at home or in a clinic, what procedure they have – medical or surgical – and how they receive care and support.
The two biggest abortion groups in England, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) and MSI Reproductive Choices, both support dropping the safety restriction.
“BPAS has long campaigned for reform of abortion law across England and Wales. The current law is outdated, unnecessary and doesn’t reflect how modern services deliver care,” said Clare Murphy, the chief executive of BPAS.
Louise McCudden, a spokeswoman for MSI Reproductive Choices, said there is no need for doctors’ involvement because abortions are so “common, safe [and] essential.”
Some parts of the world, including several American states, already allow nurse practitioners and midwives to abort unborn babies. California became the first in 2015 and about a dozen other U.S. states followed, ignoring research that found abortions done by non-physicians were twice as likely to have complications as those done by licensed physicians.
England already loosened abortion regulations in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing abortion drugs to be sold through the mail without direct contact with a doctor.
Since then, investigations show a huge increase in ambulance calls for abortion complications and reports of coercion and abuse. There also have been reports of late-term babies being born alive at home because a doctor’s visit is no longer required.
One, a teenager named “Savannah,” said she thought she was less than eight weeks pregnant when she bought abortion pills through the mail from a well-known British abortion chain. She actually was about 20 weeks, and her baby was born alive at home – an experience that left her traumatized and heartbroken.
“If they scanned me and I knew that I was that far gone, then I would have had him,” Savannah said.
In 2020, another British mother, Sarah Dunn, 31, and her unborn baby died after she took supposedly “safe” abortion pills, according to Lancashire Live.
Studies indicate the risks of the abortion drug are more common than what abortion activists often claim, with as many as one in 17 women requiring hospital treatment.
Abortions are inherently unsafe because they intentionally kill unborn babies. In England, abortions are legal for any reason up to 24 weeks and up to birth in cases involving health problems with the mother or unborn baby. These can be as minor as a cleft lip.
Abortion statistics from the Department for Health and Social Care last year showed the highest number of abortions ever recorded in England and Wales, with 214,869 taking place in 2021, an increase of 4,009 from 2020.