More women speak out about ‘DIY’ home abortion serious problems with telemedicine abortion service

More women have 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”.

In the biggest change to abortion law since 1967, the UK Government announced on 30 March it would temporarily allow ‘DIY’ home abortions.

The very substantial change, which was made without any public consultation, parliamentary scrutiny or debate, will last for the next two years or until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

It means women across the UK are now left to deliver their own dead unborn child at home without direct medical supervision.

‘I thought I was going to die’

Recalling her experience, one woman told the Mail she was surprised by just how relaxed the abortion process was, with seemingly no reliable checks on how far into the pregnancy she was or of her psychological wellbeing.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, she said the pills left her in such pain she was convinced she was going to die.

“I was asked on the phone before I went to the clinic what my reasons were for having a termination, but that was it,” she says.

“I wasn’t ready. It all seemed so fast. I was expecting to speak to lots of people, to be offered counselling.

“It didn’t feel like a medical procedure. It took me less time to sort out than to do my Asda shopping.”

The woman took the first Mifepristone tablet on 9 May. Then on 10 May, she took four Misoprostol tablets.

She said: “I understood I was going to have cramps, but I didn’t realise just how bad it was going to be,’ she says.

“Two hours after I took the tablets, I started bleeding. I didn’t look because I knew it would really upset me.

“About six hours later the pain was unbearable. I was lying on my bathroom floor, curled in a ball. I was sweating, my temperature was 39.8, I couldn’t move.

“I had diarrhoea, I was being sick, I was shivering, shaking, sweating. I thought I was going to die.

“The next day I felt really sick, faint and dizzy. I’m still bleeding even now, a few weeks on. Because my partner is here and doesn’t know what I did, I’ve not been able to ring anyone for any advice.

“I felt ill or four or five days afterwards. My partner thought I had Covid. I dread to think of how many teenage girls have gone through this during the pandemic.”

‘It was a lot worse than I’d expected’

Like the anonymous woman, Courtney Barnes revealed the pain was a lot worse than what she’d expected.

Following a telephone call with abortion provider Marie Stopes International, she was sent the ‘DIY’ home abortion kit – consisting of abortion pills, a strip of the painkiller codeine, a pregnancy test and an instruction leaflet.

On the day she received the ‘kit’ she took the first pill, Mifepristone. The next evening, Courtney took the second set of pills, Misoprostol.

“I’d been warned it would be painful, so I did it after I’d put the children to bed,” she says.

“It kicked in straight away and was all over and done with within a few hours, it was quite painful — really strong cramping.

“You do pass a lot of blood and I was warned I might see the foetus, so I sat on the toilet and didn’t look.

“I ended up lying in the bath trying to keep the pains at bay and I didn’t get much sleep that night. It was a lot worse than I’d expected. The pain, the physical process was horrible.

“Although I didn’t want to continue the pregnancy, I hated the thought of just flushing it away.”

According to the Mail, there was no routine follow-up call with a doctor or nurse to check how things had gone, just a text a couple of weeks later reminding her to use her pregnancy test.

Now three weeks after taking the ‘DIY’ abortion pills and conducting two pregnancy tests, which both showed up as positive, Courtney has revealed she may still be pregnant.

She has booked an ultrasound with Marie Stopes International which is due to take place next week.

Tragically, Courtney told the Mail she will have a surgical termination if she is still pregnant.

She added: “I was warned the pregnancy could continue, but I hadn’t considered that as a possibility, and because of the pain and blood, I’d felt that the procedure had been successful.

“I’m feeling very anxious and just want to know what’s going on.”

‘A huge burden to carry’

Lynn Large, a 63-year-old retired midwife who had an abortion when she was 20 but has since become involved with spreading the pro-life message, fears for those who may underestimate the emotional turmoil an abortion can leave – even decades later.

“Women are told that abortion is as easy as taking a few pills, but it’s much bigger than that, and once you have made that decision, you are never free of it,” she says.

“The thought of women having to go through an abortion alone during this time of lockdown is disturbing and will be, I believe, a huge burden for them to carry throughout their lives.”

Further cases of negligence

The testimonies of these women have arrived in the same week it was revealed UK police are investigating the death of an unborn baby after its mother took ‘DIY’ home abortion pills while 28 weeks pregnant.

In this instance the ‘DIY’ abortion pills were mailed under BPAS’ “pills by post” ‘service’ 18 weeks past the 10-week cut off for ‘DIY’ home abortions and four weeks past the 24-week time limit for most abortions in the UK.

Additionally, a further eight cases of women taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills beyond the 10-week limit are also being looked into, raising questions over what checks are being conducted to ensure the law isn’t being broken and dangerous later-term abortions aren’t happening.  

Concerns have been raised that allowing ‘DIY’ abortions opens women and children up to coerced abortions and makes it easier for men to gain access to dangerous abortion drugs – particularly when it has become apparent necessary safety checks aren’t being carried out.  

Previously, abortions could only take place in hospitals or abortion clinics approved by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Two doctors would also need to certify any subsequent termination did not breach the terms of the 1967 Abortion Act.

Under the new temporary policy, doctors will be able to prescribe mifepristone and misoprostol over the phone or video platforms such as Facetime or Skype, meaning they will be left to pass their unborn child at home without direct medical supervision.

A spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“These testimonies, the tragic case of the baby aborted at 28 weeks, 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.” 

One father performed ‘DIY’ home abortions on his daughter and stepdaughter to cover up 14 years of sexual abuse.

Last week, a woman and her unborn baby died after taking ‘DIY’ home abortion drugs.

According to the Mumbai Mirror, the woman’s husband, with the help of his parents and a friend, obtained the abortion drugs from a medical representative – all have now been “booked” with an intent to cause miscarriage by police in the Indian region of Kashimira.

In the UK, a legal challenge against ‘DIY’ home abortions has been launched by the Christian Legal Centre.

The case, which is backed by a healthcare professional and former Government minister Ann Widdecombe, suffered a setback this week when the High Court upheld the UK Government’s decision to allow ‘DIY’ home abortions.The Christian Legal Centre have announced they will appeal the decision.

UK police investigate ‘DIY’ abortion of 28-week-old baby using BPAS ‘pills by post’ service

UK police are investigating the death of an unborn baby after its mother took ‘DIY’ home abortion pills while 28 weeks pregnant.

The powerful drugs were mailed under BPAS’ “pills by post” ‘service’, following the Government’s decision to temporarily allow ‘DIY’ home abortions across the UK.

However, the woman obtained and took the pills while 18 weeks past the 10-week cut off for ‘DIY’ home abortions and four weeks past the 24-week time limit for most abortions in the UK.

As a result, her baby was stillborn. Typically, babies born prematurely with medical support at 28 weeks have a greater than 90 percent chance of survival.

According to The Sun, a coroner is now investigating the 28-week death and police have also been informed.

It has also been revealed, a further eight cases of women taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills beyond the 10-week limit are also being looked into, raising questions over what checks are being conducted to ensure the law isn’t being broken and dangerous later-term abortions aren’t happening.  

However, these investigations aren’t being handled by the police, the Department of Health and Social Care or the Care Quality Commission, but by BPAS which not only provides the “pills by post” ‘service’ but has called for abortion to be available, for any reason, up to birth.

It has not been revealed how many cases other abortion providers are investigating. There are also likely many more cases of abortion pills after 10-weeks gestation 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 are not even aware how far along they were, given they have not had an ultrasound to date their pregnancy. 

A whistle-blower told The Sun: “There needs to be a proper investigation to find out just what went wrong.”

He added: “The ‘pills by post’ system has been brought in but a 40-minute phone call can never be the same as a proper medical consultation.”

Pro-life group Right To Life UK has been calling for the ‘DIY’ abortion scheme to be revoked since it was announced.

The charity has also launched tools in England, Wales & Scotland which makes it easy for residents to contact their local representatives and ask them to revoke the dangerous ‘DIY’ abortion decision in their respective countries.

Ask your local MP, AM or MSP to revoke the dangerous ‘DIY’ abortion decision!

In the biggest change to abortion law since 1967, the UK Government announced it would allow ‘DIY’ home abortions on 31 March.

The very substantial change, which has been made without any public consultation, parliamentary scrutiny or debate, means women across the UK are now able to deliver their own dead unborn child at home without direct medical supervision.

Additionally, it opens women and children up to coerced abortions and makes it easier for men to gain access to dangerous abortion drugs – particularly when it has become apparent necessary safety checks aren’t being carried out.  

Previously, abortions could only take place in hospitals or abortion clinics approved by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Two doctors would also need to certify any subsequent termination did not breach the terms of the 1967 Abortion Act.

Under the new temporary policy, doctors will be able to prescribe mifepristone and misoprostol over the phone or video platforms such as Facetime or Skype, meaning they will be left to pass their unborn child at home without direct medical supervision.

A 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.” 

One father performed ‘DIY’ home abortions on his daughter and stepdaughter to cover up 14 years of sexual abuse.

Last week, a woman and her unborn baby died after taking ‘DIY’ home abortion drugs.

According to the Mumbai Mirror, the woman’s husband, with the help of his parents and a friend, obtained the abortion drugs from a medical representative – all have now been “booked” with an intent to cause miscarriage by police in the Indian region of Kashimira.

In the UK, a legal challenge against ‘DIY’ home abortions has been launched by the Christian Legal Centre.

The case, which is backed by a healthcare professional and former Government minister Ann Widdecombe, suffered a setback this week when the High Court upheld the UK Government’s decision to allow ‘DIY’ home abortions.

The Christian Legal Centre have announced they will appeal the decision.

‘DIY’ abortions cover up 14 years of sexual abuse

A father has been arrested accused of performing multiple ‘DIY’ home abortions to hide crimes of sexual abuse committed on his daughter and stepdaughter.

Jason Daniel Goodwill was taken into custody last week and now faces more than 20 charges, including rape, corruption of minors and “involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child”.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, the father’s campaign of abuse is alleged to have lasted 14 years and stems back to 2006 when his stepdaughter was just 7-years-old.

Authorities opened an investigation earlier this month after they were called to UPMC Hamot Children’s Care Clinic over the suspected child abuse of the victims.

The 12-year-old daughter was taken there for testing and observation after revealing to her 20-year-old step sister that she was being sexually abused by Goodwill.

According to the criminal complaint, obtained by Erie News Now, the now 20-year-old stepdaughter told investigators she had also been sexually abused by Goodwill, starting when she was approximately 7 years old.

As a result of the abuse, the stepdaughter became pregnant on multiple occasions. Recalling the distressing events, the 20-year-old said Goodwill would inject her with a harmful chemical to induce labour so he could abort the pregnancies.

Despite this, the stepdaughter gave birth to a child in 2014, who died at five-months-old and was buried in the back garden of the family home.

Investigators told Erie News Now they had recovered evidence on the property in connection to the death of a child, after carrying out a search warrant at the home on 12 May.

‘DIY’ home abortions are now temporarily allowed across the UK following an incredible double U-turn from the Government, which went against its own warnings.

The very substantial change, which has been made without any public consultation, parliamentary scrutiny or debate, means women will be left to deliver their own dead unborn child at home without direct medical supervision.

Additionally, it opens women and children up to coerced abortions and makes it easier for men to gain access to dangerous abortion drugs.

Previously, abortions could only take place in hospitals or abortion clinics approved by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Under the new temporary policy, doctors will be able to prescribe mifepristone and misoprostol over the phone or video platforms such as Facetime or Skype, meaning they will be left to pass their unborn child at home without direct medical supervision.

Last week, a woman and her unborn baby died after taking ‘DIY’ home abortion drugs.

According to the Mumbai Mirror, the woman’s husband, with the help of his parents and a friend, obtained the abortion drugs from a medical representative – all have now been “booked” with an intent to cause miscarriage by police in the Indian region of Kashimira.

In the UK, a legal challenge against ‘DIY’ home abortions has been launched by the Christian Legal Centre.

The case, which is backed by a healthcare professional and former Government minister Ann Widdecombe, suffered a setback this week when the High Court upheld the UK Government’s decision to allow ‘DIY’ home abortions.

However, the Christian Legal Centre have announced they will appeal the decision.

Right To Life UK has launched tools in England, Wales & Scotland which makes it easy for residents to contact their local representatives and ask them to revoke the dangerous ‘DIY’ abortion decision in their respective countries.

Ask your local MP, AM or MSP to revoke the dangerous ‘DIY’ abortion decision!

In Northern Ireland we have a separate tool calling on MPs to vote against the extreme abortion regime imposed on the province.

A spokesperson for Right to Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“This story highlights one of the significant risks behind this dangerous and reckless change in policy.

“These new regulations, which we’re implemented without any parliamentary scrutiny or debate, put vulnerable girls at greater risk of sex-trafficking and child-sex abuse as ‘DIY’ abortions can be used by their abusers as a means to more easily cover up their abuse.

“Thepolicy change by the Government goes against the very argument previously made by the abortion industry who argued that abortions should be provided at approved locations to protect women from abuse and coercion. By encouraging women to have abortions at home or other locations, the UK Government have put the health and safety of women at risk.

“The UK Government must immediately repeal these changes to allow proper democratic procedures to be undertaken, but more importantly, to protect the health of thousands of women across the country.”

Legal challenge against dangerous ‘DIY’ abortions to be heard tomorrow

The UK Government’s decision to introduce ‘DIY’ home abortions will be challenged at the High Court tomorrow. 

The legal challenge has been brought forward by the Christian Legal Centre who will argue that the decision making process ahead of making the substantial change was unlawful, undemocratic and unsafe for thousands of pregnant women at an already highly vulnerable time.

Despite assurances from the Government that there would be “no change” to abortion regulations and that an in-person consultation are “an essential safeguard” for women, the policy was brought in shortly after lockdown began.

The very substantial change is not only the biggest change to abortion law since it was passed in 1967, but was made without any public consultation, parliamentary scrutiny or debate.

Prior to the change in regulations, abortions could only take place in hospitals or abortion clinics approved by the Secretary of State.

Under the new ‘temporary’ policy, doctors will be able to prescribe mifepristone and misoprostol over the phone or video platforms such as Facetime or Skype, meaning they will be left to pass their unborn child at home without direct medical supervision.

Tomorrow, the role of the abortion industry, senior civil servants and their influence on the ministers in the Department for Health and Social Care will come under scrutiny.

Government’s incredible U-turn

The Government had initially stated its intention to allow ‘DIY’ abortions on 23 March, but backtracked later that day claiming the announcement had been “published in error.”

The government web page that had published the changes instead had the following message for visitors: “The information on this page has been removed because it was published in error. This was published in error. There will be no changes to abortion regulations.”

Just one day later, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock reassured the House of Commons that there would be no change to any abortion laws in response to COVID-19.

Additionally, Health Minister Lord Bethell made it very clear that there were significant safety and safeguarding issues for women and young girls with the proposal. 

As the Coronavirus Bill was brought to the House of Lords on Wednesday 25 March Lord Bethell rejected strongly on behalf of the Government the proposed changes to abortion law, stating:

“….we do not agree that women should be able to take both treatments for medical abortion at home. We believe that it is an essential safeguard that a woman attends a clinic, to ensure that she has an opportunity to be seen alone and to ensure that there are no issues.

“Do we really want to support an amendment that could remove the only opportunity many women have, often at a most vulnerable stage, to speak confidentially and one-to-one with a doctor about their concerns on abortion and about what the alternatives might be? The bottom line is that, if there is an abusive relationship and no legal requirement for a doctor’s involvement, it is far more likely that a vulnerable woman could be pressured into have an abortion by an abusive partner.”

He also made it clear that it would be inappropriate to make this change without parliamentary scrutiny:

“It is not right to rush through this type of change in a sensitive area such as abortion without adequate parliamentary scrutiny.”

Despite these clear statements, the Government went against its own warnings and in an incredible double U-turn announced on 30 March it would allow ‘DIY’ home abortions.

Through their legal challenge, the Christian Legal Centre wants the dangerous legislation overturned immediately and full disclosure of the Government’s decision-making process and rationale.

Serious risk of harm and coercion

Their case has been backed by former Government Minister Ann Widdecombe and Dr Gregory Gardner.

In an expert witness statement for the High Court challenge, Dr Gregory Gardner, a longstanding GP and honorary clinical lecturer at the University of Birmingham, highlights the risk of serious injury and harm to women self-administering abortion pills.

“The introduction of home abortions as proposed (notwithstanding the presence of a Covid-19 pandemic) is a policy that is more likely than not to depart from the essential tenets of duty of care through proper clinical assessment, thereby raising the risk of serious injury and harm being done to women self-administering Mifepristone and Misoprostol at home,” Dr Gardner wrote.

In addition to citing risks of infection, haemorrhage, psychological trauma, and risk of future preterm birth, Dr Gardner explains how the Government’s decision could result in more women being coerced into unwanted abortions.

He said: “It will be difficult if not impossible to verify by phone or video whether a woman is undergoing any kind of duress to have an abortion. There does not seem to have been any consideration given to this in the proposed change in policy. There will be women who need delicate counselling to discover coercion or other forms of abuse.”

Former Government minister Ann Widdecombe has also written a statement to the high court in support of the legal challenge.

In her statement, the former Shadow Health Secretary reveals the history of the legislation which has enabled health services in England, Scotland & Wales to roll out ‘DIY’ abortions.

During a parliamentary debate in 1990, Miss Widdecombe raised concerns that an amendment to abortion legislation, allowing the Health Secretary to designate “a class of places” as suitable for abortions would inadvertently pave the way for ‘DIY’ home abortions.

However, the author of the amendment, Robert Key MP, dismissed Miss Widdecombe’s concerns and accused the then Conservative MP of speaking from “the whip issued by the pro-life group” and misleading Parliament.

The Health Secretary at the time, Kenneth Clarke, then assured MPs that the legislation was not intended to legalise home abortions and that abortions would only be “administered only in closely regulated circumstances under the supervision of a registered medical practitioner”.

30 years later, Ann Widdecombe’s then dismissed concerns have become a reality.

When the legal challenge was launched, Ann Widdecombe said: “Parliament was told one thing. Government is doing another and that says it all.”

Coronavirus exploited

Ahead of the tomorrow’s Judicial Review, Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Concern, said: “UK Parliament was explicitly told on March 24 by the government that there were no plans to change the rules on access to abortion in response to Covid-19 as the risks were too high to the women involved. Only a week later the government seems to have capitulated to the pressure of the abortion lobby by doing a U-turn.

“The government changed the law on a matter of life and death without reference to parliament. The government did this after expressly stating on the floor of the House of Commons and House of Lords that this would not happen.

“The UK government is going to extraordinary lengths to protect lives due to the threat of Covid-19. It appears to fail to see the irony in opening up access to abortion and counting the lives that will be lost as a result of such action.

“If this practice goes unchallenged there will be no going back and that is tragic for women and their children.

“The coronavirus crisis is being exploited, not just in the UK, but globally, to make changes to abortion law which would not be possible under properly functioning democracies.

“This is nothing less than a fight to preserve our hard-won democratic freedoms which do not allow the government to make changes to the law on a whim with no accountability.”