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.”

More UK taxpayer funds for abortion giant Marie Stopes International

The UK Government will hand over even more taxpayer money to abortion giant Marie Stopes International, it has been revealed.

Despite receiving over £48 million from the UK taxpayer in 2018, the abortion provider will receive more taxpayer money because of its decision to furlough 9% of its total London support office workforce (23 staff).

Under the furlough scheme, the UK Government will cover up to 80% of a furloughed employee’s wages until the end of June at the earliest.

In the case of MSI, which will not be topping up the salaries of furloughed staff to 100% pay, this could cost the UK taxpayer an additional £230,000.

This figure, while significant, is just a small percentage of what MSI receives from the UK Government each year and is just a fraction of their Chief Executive’s salary.

The UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) is the largest single donor to MSI, giving the international abortion provider a staggering £48,173,000 in 2018 – an increase of 5,000% since 2006 when they received a still sizeable £905,000.

Financial statements for the company, found in Companies House, reveal that DfID has given over £300 million worth of taxpayers’ money to MSI, since 2006, with over 75% of that total being given from 2014 – 2018 (more recent financial data is not yet public).

In 2018, DfID contributions to MSI accounted for over 16% of their entire £296,849,000 income. This figure represents a dramatic increase from 2006, where DfID provided 1.5% of MSI’s income for that year and makes the UK Government MSI’s single biggest donor.

The total financial contributions from DfID do not include any money the Government provides for Marie Stopes’ abortion provision in the UK.

This huge increase in DfID contributions came at the same time that MSI performed almost 5 million abortions globally and rewarded its chief executive Simon Cooke for doing so by doubling his salary to £434,500.

The amount that Mr Cooke was paid in 2018 would put him in the top 10 highest earners in the charity sector.

However, his impressive salary and bonus come off the back of a series of scandals in the past few years where inspectors have found “dead foetuses lying in an open bin”; evidence of high pressure sales tactics to get women to have abortions; and cases of doctors pre-signing consent forms.

MSI says providing abortion is at the core of our mission and boasts of “shaping abortion policy” in several countries.Polling shows 65% of the British population are opposed to taxpayer’s money being used to fund abortions overseas.

Africa asks for ventilators during COVID-19, UK Govt sends abortion funds

While developing countries ask for ventilators and PPE, amidst the coronavirus crisis, the UK Government has given an extra £10 million to the UNFPA targeted at developing nations including a number of African countries which includes spending on abortion.

African countries are in desperate need of ventilators, personal protective equipment and basic medical supplies as cases of COVID-19 continue to grow there.

The United Nations projects that, even in the best scenario, the continent’s 54 countries with a population of 1.3 billion people, will need 30,000 ventilators this year.

However, recent reports claim there are only 2,000 ventilators across the continent and that ten nations have no ventilators at all.

The World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, stated that “the issue of ventilators is one of the biggest challenges that the countries are facing.” 

Despite this huge challenge, the UK Government has decided to divert some of the international development spending that could be directed to funding this vital equipment to instead spend on funding more abortions for developing countries.

In response to a question asked by pro-abortion MP Caroline Lucas, the Government revealed it has continued to fund abortions across the continent.

Lucas asked the Government, in light of the crisis, what steps they had taken to “work with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to secure the supply of reproductive health products and ensure that women and girls in developing countries continue to have access to contraception and safe abortion throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.”

In its response, the Government revealed that the UK has continued with its existing support to UNFPA, including the UNFPA Supplies programme (£425 million between 2020-2025), and it has given an additional £10 million to the UNFPA.

It added, the Department for International Development (DfID) is already working closely with UNFPA in “providing high quality family planning and essential life-saving maternal health medicines to those in need, including commodities required for post-abortion care and medical abortions where it is legal.”

The extra spending is on a UNFPA project called the Global Humanitarian Response Plan includes and will include the roll-out of abortion services through the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP). The MISP was developed through the Inter-Agecy Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises, of which the UNFPA and abortion giant Marie Stopes International are members. One of the MISPs five objectives is to provide abortions in response to a humanitarian crisis. 

The group claim not all benefactors of its aid need to provide what they call “safe abortion care”.

However, in the documentaries Killing Africa and Strings Attached, the founder of Culture for Life Africa, Obianuju Ekeocha, exposes how pro-abortion organisations sneak their agenda into Africa under the guise of family planning and maternal mortality reduction programmes.

Additionally, the documentaries reveal how the UK isn’t just funding medical abortions where it is legal, as suggested in its response to Caroline Lucas, but is also funding illegal terminations through its funding of abortion giant Marie Stopes International.

Jacqueline Gandi who worked at a Marie Stopes clinic in Kenya revealed to the Strings Attached documentary that illegal abortions were being performed in the country and being recorded as “post-abortion care”.

Financial statements for the company found in Companies House reveal that, since 2006, DfID has given over £300 million worth of taxpayers’ money to MSI, with over three-quarters of that total given between 2014 and 2018. This enormous increase has made DfID the single biggest donor to Marie Stopes International.

Obianuju Ekeocha has previously stated that not popular support among the general population in African countries for abortion to be legalised.

“The polls show overwhelmingly that Africans hate abortion, abhor abortion, both women and men.

“We have parliaments, we have different paths of legislature that can go through the process of legalising abortion – of passing a Bill, of making it law – but still the African countries continue to hold on to a particular view of the human person that life begins at conception.”

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

“65% of the public oppose UK taxpayer money being spent on abortions overseas.

“Rather than continuing to support the pro-abortion lobby’s agenda, the UK Government should focus on assisting developing countries in getting the vital equipment it needs to save lives.”

Majority of England’s abortion clinics require significant safety improvements

Over 60% of England’s abortion clinics are rated “inadequate” or “requires improvement” when it comes to safety. 

In response to a parliamentary question, asked by pro-life MP Fiona Bruce, the Minister for Care has revealed that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) currently rates 121 (59.3%) abortion clinics in England as “requires improvement,” on safety, with nine (3.75%) more rated “inadequate.”

The independent regulator of health and social care in England implemented their mandatory rating system in 2017 in response to a litany of ongoing health concerns at abortion clinics. When the CQC rates abortion clinics, they ask if they are safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs, and well-led.

Philip Dunne, who was Health Minister at the time the CQC introduced its ratings system, said: “These new powers will help the CQC to shine a light on poor practice in services that for too long have had too many examples of substandard care.”

In recent months, the CQC has released alarming reports detailing health and safety abuses at two of the largest abortion clinics in the UK.

Earlier this year, inspectors found an abortion clinic in London which specialises in late-term terminations was putting the lives of women at risk with incompetent staff, who had not completed life support training, and equipment that was not in “good working order”.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service’s abortion clinic in Streatham performed 4,404 abortions in 2018, including 491 late-term abortions on babies at 20 weeks’ gestation or later – making it the second-largest number of late-term abortions in the UK in 2018.

In their report, the CQC notes that two serious incidents and 76 clinical incidents occurred at the clinic between April 2018 and April 2019. 

However, this is likely only the tip of the iceberg as inspectors discovered that “staff did not always report incidents as they felt there was a blame culture”.

One staff member even disclosed to an inspector, “if you raise concerns then you have to face the consequences. I have learnt to keep quiet”

Alarmingly, only nine of the clinic’s twenty-four members of staff had received training to spot and treat sepsis, which is the leading cause of maternal death in the UK. 

In November, the CQC handed BPAS Merseyside the worst rating of any private abortion provider since the new rating system was introduced.

The health regulator was contacted by the local NHS trust who “raised concerns regarding the frequency of patients coming to them from BPAS Merseyside”.

Inspectors found six cases of women who “required urgent medical attention due to complications and were transferred from the service to another healthcare provider between January and December 2018.”

They also found that BPAS Merseyside “staff did not consistently adhere to the infection prevention and control measures specified by the service” including not washing hands, not securing clinical waste, and using out of date equipment.

This is not the first time that the Care Quality Commission has raised concerns about the care given to women at BPAS Merseyside, which performed 4,585 terminations in 2018 – placing it among the top 10 abortion providers in the country.

In 2017, the CQC found 16 serious incidents had occurred in which patients were admitted to hospital for emergency treatment over a period of three years. Over the same period, 11 women were transferred for emergency hospital treatment after suffering serious injuries, including eight cases in a 15 month period from January 2015 – March 2016.

A surgeon contracted by the clinic has been struck off the medical register for endangered at least three women’s lives during abortions carried out in May and June 2017.

In 2016, Marie Stopes International was forced to suspend abortion services for a month after an unannounced inspection by the CQC “found dead foetuses lying in an open bin and staff trying to give a vulnerable, visibly distressed woman an abortion without her consent”.

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

“Philip Dunne was correct when he said the Care Quality Commissions new rating and reporting system would shine a light on ‘poor practice in services that for too long have had too many examples of substandard care’.

“The figures released recently, and the continuous shambolic example of abortion services in Merseyside, display perfectly the callous disregard for health and safety from the abortion industry. Abortion providers, which receive tens of millions of pounds of taxpayer money annually, have been found to be placing the health and safety of their patients at risk.

“The Care Quality Commission notes the safety in a majority of abortion clinics requires improvement but the only real improvement that can be made to abortion clinics, for the lives of both women and unborn babies, would be for them to be closed.”