UK’s largest abortion provider announces new Chief Executive

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) has announced Clare Murphy will take over from Ann Furedi as Chief Executive in January 2021.

Murphy, a former BBC journalist who has risen through the abortion giant’s ranks to become its Deputy Chief Executive, is expected to follow in the footsteps of Furedi in pushing for more extreme abortion legislation.

In a warning shot to pro-life campaigners following the announcement that she would be retiring, Furedi tweeted: “I’m not done yet 🦊 and there will be no softening of our stand with the next CEO. ‘Ball-breaking’ is in the job description!”.

Speaking of Murphy, Furedi added: “Leading BPAS is the best job in the world and Clare is undoubtedly the best person to take it on.”

Additionally, the BPAS Chief Executive job brief reveals a key component of the role will involve lobbying for full ‘decriminalisation’ of abortion across the UK – something which would allow on-demand, for any reason, right up to birth.

Extreme views

Since joining BPAS over ten years ago, Murphy has made numerous comments in the media revealing how extreme her views on abortion are.  

Already this year, she has complained that a Bill seeking to ban abortions being available through to birth for babies for simply for having a cleft lip or cleft palate would “impinge” on a woman’s choice and championed public campaigning against the Bill. Similarly, the incoming Chief Executive has revealed she doesn’t want to see a ban on sex-selective abortion.

In addition, she declared the significant rise in the number of abortions performed so far in 2020 as “one of the few healthcare success stories of this pandemic”.

Murphy and BPAS have called for their permanent introduction of ‘DIY’ home abortions, claiming they have become “the standard of high quality, woman-centred care in countries around the world”.

However, contrary to the claims of BPAS, a number of women have spoken out on the significant problems and safety abuses that have arisen around the introduction of ‘DIY’ home abortions in the UK.

One woman revealed how she was left fearing for her life and needed emergency surgery after taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills.

Another woman said she went through “hell” and thought she was going to die after taking the dangerous pills. And yet another woman said the pain and physical process was “horrible” and “a lot worse than expected”.

Extreme abortion regime in Northern Ireland was ‘superb political manoeuvring’

In an opinion piece for the Huffington Post, said the decision to impose an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland “took superb political manoeuvring by the Labour MP Stella Creasy to force the government’s hand on this”.

Showing the same disregard for legislation in Malta and Gibraltar, which currently protect unborn babies, Murphy proclaimed “she was pleased to be working with the wonderful Abortion Support Network,” as they aim to make it easier for women living in those countries to have an abortion.   

While Murphy is happy to put effort into introducing abortion legislation or making it more extreme, it seems she is less happy to support women suffering psychologically after having an abortion.

She has been condemned by campaigners for saying “post abortion trauma is a completely fabricated condition.”

Championing abortion

Highlighting her excitement at moving into her new role at BPAS, Murphy said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the next CEO of this completely brilliant and unique organisation…

“The BPAS of the 2020s will be one that both champions and delivers choice to women at every stage of their reproductive journeys with the same commitment to clinical excellence and compassionate care that has underpinned our abortion service.

“I am hugely excited to build on Ann’s phenomenal legacy.”

‘Tragic legacy’

Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said: 

“Ann Furedi leaves a tragic legacy of overseeing an organisation that, as the UK’s largest abortion provider, has likely deliberately ended the lives of more babies in the UK than any other single institution or organisation in history.

“While it is welcome news that Ann Furedi is stepping down from her role as Chief Executive of BPAS, the organisation’s work to end the lives of thousands of babies each year continues. Even worse it looks like they will continue to push for more extreme abortion legislation both across the UK and overseas.”

UK’s largest abortion provider hails highest abortion numbers in history as ‘one of the few healthcare success stories of this pandemic’

The UK’s largest abortion provider, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), has declared the significant rise in the number of abortions performed so far in 2020 as “one of the few healthcare success stories of this pandemic”.

Statistics released by The Department of Health and Social Care last week revealed that 109,836 abortions were performed for English and Welsh residents in the six months between 1 January and 30 June 2020.

This is an increase of 4,296 from the same time period in 2019, when 105,540 terminations were performed.

Over the full calendar year, abortion numbers for 2019 were the highest ever recorded in England and Wales at 200,608.

In their press release on the all-time high numbers, BPAS said: “These figures illustrate that access to abortion care has been one of the few healthcare success stories of this pandemic.”

BPAS call for ‘DIY’ home abortions to be permanent

The significant rise in abortions coincides with the Government’s temporary measure allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions in the UK, earlier this year.

BPAS has now called for them to be made available on a permanent basis claiming they have become “the standard of high quality, woman-centred care in countries around the world”.

However, contrary to the claims of BPAS, significant problems and safety abuses have arisen around the introduction of ‘DIY’ home abortions in the UK.

According to a leaked “urgent email” sent by a regional chief midwife at NHS England and NHS Improvement on the “escalating risks” of ‘DIY’ home abortions, two women have died after taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills.

The email leak also revealed police have opened a murder investigation into the death of a baby who they believe was born alive despite her mother taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills. 

A nationwide undercover investigation found evidence of abortion providers putting women at significant risk by not carrying out basic checks before sending them ‘DIY’ home abortion pills.

A number of women have also come forward to share the serious problems they’ve experienced after taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills.

One woman said she went through “hell” and thought she was going to die after taking the dangerous pills.

Another woman said the pain and physical process was “horrible” and “a lot worse than expected”.

Despite these concerns, BPAS may get their wish as the UK Government recently announced it will launch a consultation on whether to end the temporary measure allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions or make it permanent.

‘National tragedy’

A spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said: “The rise in abortion numbers are not a ‘success story’ or cause for celebration.

“They are a national tragedy.

“Every one of the 109,836 abortions which took place represents a failure of our society to protect the lives of babies in the womb and a failure to offer full support to women with unplanned pregnancies. 

“This year we’ve come together as a nation and made great sacrifices to protect the vulnerable from Covid-19. Sadly, at the very same time we  protected one group of vulnerable people, we as a society have also ended thousands of young vulnerable lives through abortion.

“This significant rise in abortions coincides with the temporary measures allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions in the UK. Since the UK Government permitted ‘DIY’ home abortions, stories of illegal late-term abortions and safety abuses have come to light.

“We, along with other pro-life campaigners, warned it was only a matter of time before a woman died as a result of a ‘DIY’ home abortion. Tragically, that has been the case with two women having their lives ended, along with the tens of thousands of babies losing their lives, under the Government’s home abortion scheme.

“These cases and the thirteen ongoing investigations are likely only the tip of the iceberg, given the date of the leaked email.

“Abortion providers, such as BPAS and Marie Stopes International, who want to keep ‘DIY’ home abortions on a permanent basis, are unlikely to want to reveal how many complications or serious incidents have arisen as a result of their ‘services’.

“There are also likely many more incidents that abortion providers don’t know about as the majority of women are not likely to 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 ‘DIY’ home abortion schemes should be suspended immediately.”

BPAS posts ‘DIY’ home abortion pills to woman who wanted beach body

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service has posted ‘DIY’ home abortion pills to a woman who said she wanted to terminate her pregnancy because she didn’t “want to worry about looking pregnant on the beach.”

Video footage of the incident has been released by the Christian Legal Centre as part of their nationwide undercover investigation into the ‘pills by post’ ‘service’ that is being run by UK abortion providers BPAS, Marie Stopes and NUPAS.

‘Any reason other than the sex of the baby is a valid reason to us’

In the video, a BPAS call handler can be heard telling the woman “any reason other than the sex of the baby is a valid reason” to have an abortion, but added they needed to “attach” a legal reason.

The call handler said: “It sounds to me that the individual reasons you’re giving come down to you just not being emotionally ready for a pregnancy right now.

“Any reason that you ever give is always going to be valid for you. So whether it’s physically with regards to however you look or feel, with regards to nausea, again all your travel plans, it sounds maybe like a physical, emotional time that you’re not ready for pregnancy right now.

“I don’t want to put words in your mouth. What I have to do is attach what you tell me to a legal reason.

“Any reason other than the sex of the baby is a valid reason to us, but to attach it to a legal reason, it sounds like emotionally it’s not the right time. Because it doesn’t necessarily sound like it’s financial, possibly slightly physical, it doesn’t sound maybe mentally, like you’re not ready.”

‘DIY’ home abortion pills were received at the woman’s home after the call.

Latest scandal

This is latest scandal to be exposed since the UK Government introduced ‘DIY’ home abortions on 30 March, without public consultation or parliamentary scrutiny.

Prior to the change, women seeking a termination would have to visit a clinic for an assessment from a healthcare professional – something the Government had said was an “essential safeguard” before their incredible U-turn on the issue.

Two women have died after taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills according to a leaked “urgent email” sent by a senior chief midwife at NHS England and NHS Improvement on the “escalating risks” of ‘DIY’ home abortions.

The email leak also revealed police have opened a murder investigation into the death of a baby who they believe was born alive despite her mother taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills. 

In addition, evidence has already emerged of putting women’s lives at significant risk by not carrying out basic checks before sending them ‘DIY’ home abortion pills.

Abortion providers have also been caught sending women abortion pills beyond the legal 10-week limit stated in the regulations.

‘This is what the abortion industry wants’

Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, said: “This is what the abortion industry wants. Abortion pills on demand, no questions asked. So it is sadly not a surprise that they are prepared to give out abortion pills for a bikini body. The life of the unborn child is worth less than a bikini selfie.

“In their world, the unborn child is inconvenient and irrelevant. The physical and emotional care of the woman also appears to be something they don’t care about.

“Abortion pills through the post is wide open to abuse and women’s lives endangered.

“The service needs to be stopped immediately and a thorough investigation needs to occur around the legality and practices of the two major abortion providers in the UK.”

‘Abortion on demand, if not yet explicitly legal, is already an open reality’

Writing for The Critic, David Scullion said: “I’ve written previously about the Government’s determination to impose on Northern Ireland abortion rules that its devolved assembly wouldn’t accept. Clearly those hoping this government will bring abortion legislation more in line with public opinion will be sorely disappointed (almost a third of people in the UK want an almost complete ban).

“It’s increasingly hard to claim with a straight face that rules need to be loosened, given the current situation after the Lockdown liberalisation. But it’s also likely that the Government will relax abortion laws rather than tightening them up. Abortion on demand, if not yet explicitly legal, is already an open reality.”

Full inquiry into ‘DIY’ home abortions announced

Last month, in a victory for pro-life campaigners, a radical amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill that would have allowed ‘DIY’ home abortions to take place on a permanent basis for domestic abuse victims was withdrawn.

During the debate, pro-life MP Fiona Bruce MP put forward an amendment calling on the Government to conduct an “an inquiry into the safety, number, and impact of abortions carried out under the temporary coronavirus crisis provisions where the place of abortion was the woman’s home”.

The Government subsequently agreed to a full inquiry. But, Minister for Women, Victoria Atkins MP, promised that the current temporary policy of allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions would continue “until [a] public consultation concludes and a decision has been made”.

Fiona Bruce told CNA: “It is to be hoped, and we need to ensure, that this review — consultation — will properly and fairly highlight safety concerns around the taking of ‘at-home abortion pills’ which have been highlighted in recent press reports.”

‘Inherently dangerous’

A spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said: “Ever since the UK Government permitted ‘DIY’ home abortions, stories of illegal late-term abortions and safety abuses have come to light.

“We, along with other pro-life campaigners, warned it was only a matter of time before a woman died as a result of a ‘DIY’ home abortion. Tragically, that is now the case.

“These cases and the thirteen ongoing investigations are likely only the tip of the iceberg, given the date of the leaked email.

“Abortion providers, such as BPAS and Marie Stopes International, who want to keep ‘DIY’ home abortions on a permanent basis, are unlikely to want to reveal how many complications or serious incidents have arisen as a result of their ‘services’.

“There are also likely many more incidents 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 ‘DIY’ home abortion schemes, which are inherently dangerous and show no concern for babies or vulnerable pregnant women, should be suspended immediately.”

Right To Life UK has launched an online tool allowing UK residents to contact their local MPs and call for an immediate end to ‘DIY’ home abortions following the deaths of two women.

More shocking abuses of ‘DIY’ home abortion pills are exposed

‘DIY’ home abortion pills can easily be obtained and administered to others, potentially in a coercive manner, it has been revealed, as more shocking abuses from an undercover investigation have come to light.

As part of the undercover investigation, commissioned by the Christian Legal Centre, eight volunteers went through the process of acquiring mifepristone and misoprostol – the pills needed to perform a ‘DIY’ home abortion.

In every case, pills were sent to the volunteers, despite using false names, dates of birth and gestational dates. 

Safeguards circumvented as mother acquires abortion pills for underage daughter

Under the use of a false identity and story, Hannah in Hertfordshire (a pseudonym) was able to acquire abortion pills for her underage daughter by pretending she was pregnant herself.

Following a sleepless night, the mother had decided she couldn’t have her fifteen-year-old daughter “go through the system” and in no-way wanted her underage teenager to be questioned by the authorities.

Hannah made the unilateral decision to phone an abortion provider pretending that she was pregnant, get the medical abortion pills sent to their home, and then she would administer these to her daughter.

Hannah wasn’t too sure how this would work out, so she phoned both BPAS and Marie Stopes presenting as seven weeks pregnant and asked for the pills used in a medical termination.

The process was much easier than she thought it would be and after a few telephone calls she received abortion pills in the post from both BPAS and Marie Stopes International.

Although, this is a case study, in real life this would leave a mother like Hannah with two sets of abortion pills – one for her teenage daughter who has circumvented vital safeguards involved in the abortion process and a spare set she could potentially give to another mother with a pregnant daughter.

‘DIY’ home abortion pills consistently prescribed after 10-week limit

Under further false identities and stories, Lisa in Berkshire, Claire in Cambridgeshire, and Laura in Essex (pseudonyms) had each already reached the 10 week gestational time limit when they made their first calls to obtain abortion pills.

Each of them had read about early medical abortion online and knew that their pregnancies exceeded the 9 week 6 day time limit for a ‘DIY’ home abortion.

The women were not just aware they’d be taking abortion pills illegally, but were also aware of the higher incidence of side-effects and failure rates associated with a late-term medical abortion, as detailed on the BPAS website, among others.

The BPAS website states one week of difference, from less than 9 weeks gestation to a 9-10 week gestational age over, doubles the risk of an incomplete abortion; rising from 3% to 7%.

Knowing this, they proceeded regardless and all received their abortion after lying about their gestation age.

Nikki, also also using a false identity, managed to obtain abortion pills from both BPAS and Marie Stopes International. She is now wondering what she might do with the second pack.

Research participant Anna (a pseudonym) gave a gestation date on the cusp of the 9 weeks and 6 days, which would have put her over the limit at the start of the process. During a second call she changed the date of her last menstrual period to remain within the 9 weeks and 6 days limit and this was accepted without any questions being asked.

According to the Christian Legal Centre, all eight volunteers were rushed through the process. The legal advocacy group revealed that: “On one call, staff can be heard talking over the woman to quickly conclude the conversation by sending out the abortion pills.”

Full inquiry into ‘DIY’ home abortions announced

On Monday night, in a major victory for pro-life campaigners, a radical amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill that would have allowed ‘DIY’ home abortions to take place on a permanent basis for domestic abuse victims was withdrawn.

During the debate, pro-life MP Fiona Bruce MP put forward an amendment calling on the Government to conduct an “an inquiry into the safety, number, and impact of abortions carried out under the temporary coronavirus crisis provisions where the place of abortion was the woman’s home”.

The Government subsequently agreed to a full inquiry. But, Minister for Women Victoria Atkins MP promised that the current temporary policy of allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions would continue “until [a] public consultation concludes and a decision has been made”.

Fiona Bruce told CNA: “It is to be hoped, and we need to ensure, that this review — consultation — will properly and fairly highlight safety concerns around the taking of ‘at-home abortion pills’ which have been highlighted in recent press reports.”

Legal challenge imminent

Later this month, on 28 or 29 July, the UK Court of Appeal will hear a challenge of the UK Government’s decision to allow ‘DIY’ home abortions.

Shortly after lockdown began, without public consultation or parliamentary scrutiny, the UK Government controversially announced a policy that would allow ‘DIY’ home abortions.

The policy meant women could obtain and administer medical abortion pills at home before they reach 9 weeks and 6 days gestation.

Prior to the change, women seeking a termination would have to visit a clinic for an assessment from a healthcare professional where they would undergo a routine ultrasound scan to assess gestational age.

Significant problems from the onset

Since ‘DIY’ home abortions were introduced on 30 March, a number of significant and real problems have arisen.

In May, it was revealed UK police were investigating the death of an unborn baby after its mother took ‘DIY’ home abortion pills while 28 weeks pregnant.

In addition, abortion provider BPAS announced that it was investigating a further eight cases of women taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills beyond the 10-week limit, raising questions over what checks are being conducted to ensure the law isn’t being broken and dangerous later-term abortions aren’t happening. 

A number of women have also come forward to share the serious problems they’ve experienced after taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills.

One woman said she went through “hell” and thought she was going to die after taking the dangerous pills.

Another woman said the pain and physical process was “horrible” and “a lot worse than expected”.

‘A system that needs to be stopped immediately’

Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, said: “We’re simply asking, based on the BPAS disclosure to The Sun on May 22, that there were already eight cases where women were beyond the ten-week limit, and from our own study, how many more women have obtained and self-administered the abortion pills in breach of the regulations?

“We are for the women and we are trying to point out legitimate concerns about telemedicine services related to legal compliance, client safety, and quality of care. These women need better client-centred counselling and a face-to-face consultation in which they can be assessed by a service provider before giving their consent to this procedure. A rushed telephone call, by voice only, is not the quality of care which these women deserve.

“The system is wide open to abuse from abusers, pimps, and human traffickers.

“Abortion pills through the post is a system that needs to be stopped immediately and a thorough investigation needs to occur around the legality and practices of the two major abortion providers in the UK.”