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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.

Dear reader,

You may be surprised to learn that our 24-week abortion time limit is out of line with the majority of European Union countries, where the most common time limit for abortion on demand or on broad social grounds is 12 weeks gestation.

The latest guidance from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine enables doctors to intervene to save premature babies from 22 weeks. The latest research indicates that a significant number of babies born at 22 weeks gestation can survive outside the womb, and this number increases with proactive perinatal care.

This leaves a real contradiction in British law. In one room of a hospital, doctors could be working to save a baby born alive at 23 weeks whilst, in another room of that same hospital, a doctor could perform an abortion that would end the life of a baby at the same age.

The majority of the British population support reducing the time limit. Polling has shown that 70% of British women favour a reduction in the time limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks or below.

Please click the button below to sign the petition to the Prime Minister, asking him to do everything in his power to reduce the abortion time limit.