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Surge in 999 calls over ‘DIY’ abortions since their introduction final yr

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Ambulance chiefs in England have reported a surge in 999 emergency calls from ladies performing ‘DIY’ at-home abortions.

Following a Freedom of Info request by the Mail on Sunday, three ambulance companies in England have revealed a sizeable improve in abortion-pill-related calls or responses since at-home abortions had been permitted in April 2020.

South Western Ambulance Service noticed the most important improve in ambulance despatches associated to the taking of abortion drugs at house, with numbers thrice increased than these seen earlier than the Authorities permitted ‘DIY’ house abortions in April final yr. London additionally noticed the variety of ambulance despatches double from 7 to 14 per 30 days over the identical time interval.

South East Coast Ambulance Service additionally reported a significant increase in ambulance despatches for issues arising from taking abortion drugs at house, with a median improve of 17 to 24 per 30 days.

‘DIY’ house abortions had been first introduced by the Authorities in the course of the coronavirus outbreak final yr. The system permits ladies to take each abortion drugs at house with out having an in-person assembly with a medical skilled.

Wales has additionally seen a 100% increase in ambulance call-outs to folks taking abortion drugs at house between April 2020 and March 2021.

The rise in ambulance call-outs is proof of the intense questions of safety which have arisen from taking abortion drugs at house independently of a medical context. These issues are a part of the motivation behind a move by MPs earlier this yr to finish the availability of ‘DIY’ abortions.

The movement tabled by MPs cites the in depth proof that had already emerged of ladies attending emergency departments attributable to extreme problems, abortions occurring past the authorized restrict, and difficulties in safeguarding towards abuse and coercion.

It highlights the truth that abortion suppliers at the moment can’t make sure the drugs they prescribe are taken by the meant particular person in protected, uncoerced circumstances throughout the applicable timeframe, which is a critical concern for underage sexual abuse victims and ladies in abusive relationships.

The movement additionally acknowledges “that polling in England exhibits the overwhelming majority of ladies and GPs surveyed [are] involved by the potential for drugs being falsely obtained for an additional individual and by ladies having medical abortions at house past the authorized restrict”.

In June, over 600 UK medical professionals signed an open letter to the Authorities calling for an finish to ‘at-home’ abortion attributable to issues that it has led to plenty of abortions occurring over the ten-week restrict and that it fails to guard ladies and women from being coerced into an abortion towards their will.

One signatory, Dr Calum Miller of Oxford College, said an in-person medical examination was “a essential security measure to examine the gestation of the being pregnant” and different attainable medical points, including: “We shouldn’t be failing ladies by eliminating the checks.”

Proper To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, stated: “The hazards of ‘DIY’ abortions are well-known. Whereas the rise in ambulance call-outs is deeply regarding, it’s, sadly, hardly stunning. Along with these critical security issues, there isn’t any assure about who truly takes the abortion medication; there aren’t any in-person checks on the gestation of the child, and it is vitally troublesome to reliably assess whether or not or not the girl is being pressured into doing one thing she doesn’t need to do.

“The manifest risks of ‘DIY’ abortion for the child’s mom present that its supporters are ideologues involved with selling abortion in any respect prices with little regard for the well-being of ladies – not to mention their unborn infants.”

Courtesy of Right to Life UK

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