On 30th March 2020, in response to lockdown imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK government temporarily agreed to allow telemedicine or DIY early medical abortion (up to 10 weeks). It was said that up to 10 weeks the procedure was entirely safe, and would protect women from having to put themselves at risk by travelling to and attending clinics, where there was a likelihood of exposure to the virus.
The truth is, self-administered abortion is very far from ‘safe’. There may well be complications, and around 10% of women who undergo medical abortion will subsequently require surgical intervention (https://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d3197).
Despite assurances to the contrary, the Government now plans to make so-called telemedicine abortion permanent, and as a preliminary is holding a public Consultation, which closes on 26th February (https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/home-use-of-both-pills-for-early-medical-abortion/home-use-of-both-pills-for-early-medical-abortion-up-to-10-weeks-gestation).
Tell the Government that DIY abortion must end, because it endangers women’s lives.
Read VfJUK’s executive guidance here: https://vfjuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/executive-summary2.pdf
For help in filling out the form, see VfJUK’s suggested responses: https://vfjuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Consultation-Questionsv2.0.pdf
The womb today has become a very dangerous place, and whether or not a baby survives to birth has become a lottery, dependent on whether or not it’s wanted.
Before Covid, according to data from the ONS, a baby had a one in four chance of losing that lottery, but DIY abortion has now narrowed those odds, and since March last year we’ve seen a huge leap in numbers, from around 100,000 terminations from January to June 2019, to almost 105,000 for the same period in 2020 – and the numbers are going up. Without any doubt, this rise is attributable to the easy access to DIY abortion, which has put the killing of the unborn on a level with having a tooth removed, or visiting the pharmacy to get a packet of Immodium.
Telemedicine abortion can only increase the alarming tendency to regard the unborn as disposable, and trivialise what should be sacrosanct – the care of new life.
But, over and above that, a major concern with DIY abortion is that it endangers women’s lives, and is open to abuse. Abortion providers say medical abortion is safe, with hardly any problems before 10 weeks – but that’s simply not true. There can be all sorts of complications following abortion – even in a hospital setting or a clinic – and, without proper care, women can die. According to a mystery client survey carried out by Christian Concern (https://christianconcern.com/resource/abortion-at-home-a-mystery-client-investigation/), women aren’t properly assessed and it’s all too easy, whether accidentally or intentionally, to give wrong and misleading information. Just as it’s all too easy for a woman to sit on the medication for a few weeks as she struggles to make up her mind, or even to get the pills for someone else.
Telemedicine abortion puts women at risk and is no more than a covert attempt to de-medicalise abortion, prior to calling for its complete legalisation, on demand and up to term. Yet, whatever is claimed, this has nothing to do with women’s rights. Rather, it’s about money, because abortion today is big business, and for abortion providers, normalising abortion so that the numbers continue to increase, means money in the bank! Small wonder that the dangers to women are being ignored.
For the sake of money, as abortion leaves replacement level population numbers across the globe plummeting, we are literally killing off the human race.