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.