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Press comment – Police probe of 28-week abortion using BPAS ‘pills by post’ DIY abortion service

Police are investigating the death of an unborn baby after a woman used abortion provider BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service) ‘pills by post’ DIY abortion telemedicine service while 28 weeks pregnant.

Eight more cases where women used the same service provided by BPAS are being investigated by the abortion provider.

Full details on the story that has broken this morning are available here.

Background information on the Government’s decision to introduce ‘DIY’ abortions is available here.

Spokesperson for Right to Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“This tragic case and the eight more that are being investigated show that telemedicine abortion services are endangering the lives of women and being used to illegally abort babies after our 24-week abortion time limit 

It looks like it will be a matter of time before a woman dies while trying to pass a baby late in pregnancy at home using a telemedicine abortion service. 

We are calling on the Government to immediately revoke the dangerous decision to allow DIY abortions and launch a full investigation.

This case and the eight more that are being investigated are likely only the tip of the iceberg. It has not been revealed how many cases other big abortion providers are investigating. There are also likely many more that abortion providers don’t know about as the majority of women are likely to not come back and tell an abortion provider that they have broken the law using their service or weren’t even aware how far along they were, given they have not had an ultrasound.

These cases show that the services are placing the lives of women at risk. The UK Government must immediately repeal their decision to allow these services to operate, to protect the health and safety of thousands of women across the country.” 


  • For additional quotes and media interviews contact +44 7467 717514 or email press@righttolife.org.uk 
  • For further information on Right To Life UK visit www.righttolife.org.uk

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