Woman dies from dangerous ‘DIY’ abortion

A woman has died along with her unborn baby after taking ‘DIY’ home abortion drugs.

The unnamed woman suffered from excessive bleeding after taking abortion pills, a medical examination has revealed.

Police in the Indian region of Kashimira were called to the family home of the woman, earlier this month, where they discovered bloodstained bedsheets and abortion drugs.

Initially, police reported the death of the woman, who is survived by an 18-month-old daughter, as “accidental” but have now opened an investigation into her death.

According to the Mumbai Mirror, the woman’s husband, with the help of his parents and a friend, obtained abortion drugs from a medical representative.

The husband, his parents and friend are now among six people who have been “booked”, but not arrested, under the Indian Penal Code and Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act. One of the sections applied deals with “an act done with intent to cause miscarriage”.

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

‘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 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.”

A Government webpage that had published the changes 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.”

In an incredible double U-turn, the Government went against their own warnings by officially announcing they would allow ‘DIY’ abortions.

Despite these warnings, the UK Government announced in March that it would allow telemedicine abortions, where ‘DIY’ abortions would be performed at home by women on themselves without a doctor or other medical professional present.

The very substantial temporary change is the biggest change to abortion legislation since the 1967 Abortion Act, yet it was made without any public consultation, parliamentary scrutiny or debate.

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.

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

A legal challenge, backed by a healthcare professional and former Government minister, has been launched by the Christian Legal Centre.

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.

India approves draft bill that could introduce disability-selective abortion up to birth

India’s Union Cabinet has approved a draft bill that would remove safeguards for unborn babies and introduce disability-selective abortion, possibly for conditions including Down’s syndrome and cleft lip, up to birth. 

Under the current law, abortion is permitted up to 12 weeks in cases where a medical practitioner finds the the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman could be at risk or 

if there is a risk the baby could be born with a disability or physical abnormality, such as a cleft lip. 

Abortion is then permitted up until the 20th week of pregnancy with the approval of two doctors, and only beyond that if the mother’s life is in danger. 

The cabinet, which is chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, voted last week to introduce a bill that will allow women to seek abortions at 20 weeks gestation, with the approval of one doctor, rather than 12 weeks.  

Additionally, a “special category” of women, including disabled women, will be able to seek an abortion up to 24 weeks with the approval of two doctors.

The proposed changes don’t just single out disabled women, but also babies with disabilities. 

The latest proposal states that the “upper gestation limit not to apply in cases of substantial foetal abnormalities diagnosed by [the] Medical Board.” Language worded similarly in the UK has allowed disability abortion up to birth. 

Last year, India’s Minister for Health was unashamedly candid about allowing disability-selective abortion up to birth, boasting about his plans to change the abortion law he stated: “The Ministry [of Health] has proposed to amend the MTP Act, 1971, to… expand access to abortion services on therapeutic, eugenic, humanitarian and social grounds.” 

Fresh legislation to amend the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Act, 1971 will now be presented, debated and voted during the current session of parliament, which ends on Friday 3 April.

The cabinet’s decision, to introduce the bill, comes just months after the Government told the Supreme Court in September that the 20-week limit could not be changed, saying a foetus’s right to life transcends all other rights. 

Due to previous reports on sex-selective abortion in India, it is likely that the majority of abortions will have been performed on unborn baby girls.

Despite outlawing sex-selective abortion and pre-natal sex detection in 1994, census data from 2011 showed there were 914 girls to every 1,000 boys for children up to the age of six. In some northern states that ratio was as low as 850, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The World Health Organization says the natural sex ratio at birth is about 105 boys to every 100 girls.

Last year, it was revealed out of 216 births across dozens of villages in northern India, over a 3 month period, not a single girl was born.

Last month, the remains of what is estimated to be twenty-four unborn babies – were discovered in a blood-soaked bag, in West Bengal, India.

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

“Just months after being told the right to life transcends all other rights, the Indian Government has decided it will expand abortion access in the country and, therefore, deny the right to life to hundreds of thousands of babies every year. 

“Even worse, the new proposals single out those with disabilities, with the Minister for Health unashamedly announcing his plans to ‘expand access to abortion services on therapeutic, eugenic, humanitarian and social grounds’.

“This not only involves singling out babies with disabilities, but also singling out mothers with disabilities and introducing new criteria that will allow for abortion between 20 and 24 weeks for women who have a disability themselves.

“Unfortunately, these extreme abortion proposals hit closer to home than you might think. The Conservative Government’s abortion framework for Northern Ireland, for example, will also permit disability abortion up to birth for conditions such as Down’s syndrome and cleft lip. 
“This abortion framework goes far beyond what the Government was required to do after it voted to impose extreme abortion legislation on Northern Ireland. Please join thousands  of others in joining our Protect women, Save lives campaign and urge your MP to write to the Prime Minister asking him not to go further than required and implement disability abortion.”

Two dozen aborted children found in blood-stained bag near pond in India

The remains of what is estimated to be twenty-four unborn babies have been found in a blood-soaked bag, in West Bengal, India.

Members of the local population contacted the police after they made the horrific discovery as they gathered to fish last month.   

Police suspect that nursing homes involved in the abortions may have dumped the bodies. An investigation has been opened and the remains of the aborted babies have been sent to Habra State General Hospital for examination.

According to the Indian Express, police believe that NGOs, nursing homes, doctors and middlemen are colluding with each other to dispose of foetuses. 

Similar cases have come to light in the past.

In 2017, Police in the western Indian state of Maharashtra found 19 aborted female foetuses near a hospital.

In response to the discovery in 2017 of the remains, Dr Ganesh Rakh, who campaigns to save the female child, said: “This is horrifying. Female foeticide is happening at the scale of a genocide in India. This case proves that people still prefer boys and girls are still unwanted.”

Another sad example is when eight female foetuses were found in 2012 in a plastic bag near a lake in Indore city in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

In 2009, 15 female foetuses were found in drains in Maharashtra’s Beed district.

A 2018 government report estimated that around 63 million women were “missing” from the country’s population, due to sex-selective abortion.

Sex-selective abortion has been illegal in India since 1994. However, since the introduction of this legislation, it is estimated that 700,000 baby girls are aborted every year just because they are girls, amounting to one aborted every minute.

In July 2019, it was revealed that not a single girl was born in 132 Indian villages over a three month period.  

Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said:

“It is disturbing that this horrific discovery isn’t a ‘one-off’ but has happened multiple times over the years, and likely in more instances than we hear of.

“It is a heartbreaking reality that many of these twenty-four babies are likely to be girls, who are often aborted in India simply because they are girls. However, this is not just a problem limited to remote parts of India. This is happening around the world at the scale of a genocide, and there is a growing body of evidence that we have a sex-selective abortion problem here in the UK.

“This story highlights why we are asking MP candidates to stop discrimination against baby girls by supporting a law change to clarify that sex-selective abortion is illegal. If you haven’t asked your MP candidates to sign our Both Lives Pledge yet, please do so. If you have and they are yet to respond, please do prompt them.”

Indian ministers intend to introduce “eugenic” abortions says Indian Health Minister

A new Bill will be put forward in India which will remove legal safeguards for unborn babies and likely permit abortion up until birth for babies with serious disabilities, in what the Minister for Health is calling “eugenic” abortion.

Under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act (1971) abortion is permitted without restriction in India up until the 12th week of pregnancy. Abortion is then permitted up until the 20th week of pregnancy with the approval of two doctors.

An amendment to this Bill is currently being drafted which will aim to increase the availability of abortion and even permit abortion up until birth if the baby has a serious disability.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the ministry was in the process of finalising the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Draft Amendment Bill, 2019.

The Minister said: “The Ministry [of Health] has proposed to amend the MTP Act, 1971, to… expand access to abortion services on therapeutic, eugenic, humanitarian and social grounds.”

The move to increase abortion access in India comes at the same time as a series of Bills across the Commonwealth seeking to do the same. In New Zealand and New South Wales, Australia, Bills which make abortion legal up until birth are going through their parliaments, and the Parliament in Westminster has just voted to remove all legal safeguards surrounding abortion in Northern Ireland through to 28-weeks.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson, said:

“It is astounding to hear the Minister of Health speak so candidly about ‘eugenic’ abortion. Eugenic abortions frequently happen in the West but they are rarely characterised as such. For example, approximately 90% of babies in the UK diagnosed in the womb with Down’s syndrome are aborted.”