With the outbreak of the epidemic in March 2020, the British and later Welsh and Scottish governments approved major changes to abortion laws, allowing women to have their own abortions at home for the first time.
After phone or video consultation, women who are less than 10 weeks pregnant in England and Wales (12 weeks in Scotland) can now take abortion pills at home by post. Surprisingly, these changes were introduced without parliamentary scrutiny or public consultation.
Lord Kamal as Minister of Health recently Said, It was “always intended to be a temporary measure” as part of another emergency legislation that went into lockdown in the country. Two years later, as parliament lifted the rest of the ban, a temporary ‘at home’ abortion policy remains in place – to the detriment of women’s health and safety.
In fact, the policy should be revoked for a number of reasons. Most importantly, it has initiated a series of serious health and safety concerns. Since there is no legal requirement for medical certification of gestational age through ultrasound or personal consultation, and no personal medical supervision during abortion, there is no guarantee as to who takes the pills, when and when. Where to take, or whether there is an adult in view of the risk of complications.
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In particular, removing the usual personal advice increases the risk of complications. O Sky News Documentary It was found that 5% of women who have an abortion ‘at home’ will have complications that may require follow-up treatment or surgery, which is equivalent to about 96 women, or 14 women, per week. Per day.
Furthermore, sTeddies Show More medical complications than surgical abortion, and it is highly likely that medical complications are being under-reported, officially statistics Claiming that there were five complications after an ‘at home’ abortion (out of a total of 72,079) from April to December 2020 – a highly unrealistic statistic. Average price Complications of medical abortion for similar pregnancies in the last six years – which was almost ten times higher.
There are also many dangers surrounding coercion and abuse. From a medical point of view, there is no guarantee that a woman taking medical abortion pills will do so voluntarily, nor will she be fully informed of her options. Vulnerable women and girls are particularly at risk, including those who have a partner who is abusive, or who are victims of sex trafficking or child sexual abuse. As a 2019 article in a leading medical journal States“Sex traffickers, abusers, and forced boyfriends will all welcome readily available medical abortions.”
I was pleased to hear Lord Kamal’s recent confirmation that this misleading change in abortion policy was only temporary. As the government is currently deciding on this policy, I urge ministers to look at the risks to women’s health and safety, and to do the right thing by eliminating abortion ‘at home’.