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13 / 01 / 2011 - `DIY abortion` scheme could lead to back-street abortions in Ireland
Precious Life has condemned a call from Britain's largest chain of abortion providers for a change in the law to allow women to take abortion drugs at home [See BBC News]. This could lead to women from Ireland travelling to Britain for the drug but the abortion actually taking place illegally in Ireland.
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) want a change in the law to allow the RU-486 ‘abortion pill’ to be taken outside of a hospital or approved clinic. RU-486 involves taking two sets of pills 24 to 48 hours apart to causes an early abortion Women currently have to make two visits and are given pills each time. Although RU-486 is available in England Scotland and Wales, it remains illegal in Ireland under the terms of the Offences Against The Person Act.
This will have serious legal implications for Ireland. It could lead to Irish women travelling to Britain to get the first pill but they would then be committing an offence if they take the second pill at home in Ireland.
The procedure itself is extremely horrific and is very traumatic for a woman. Even Ann Furedi, chief executive of the BPAS, said it would “allow the most traumatic part of the procedure” to take place in the woman’s own bathroom. This clearly exposes the BPAS as being totally heartless, uncaring and insensitive towards women. It is bad enough that the BPAS want to put women through an appalling psychological ordeal without encouraging them to break the law by having illegal abortions here. Our Health Service is already stretched to breaking point without having to deal with life threatening complications which will result from these 'backstreet' abortions.
This is the abortion industry at its most callous. They show no regard for the women who will have to deal with the trauma taking the pill that kills their babies and disposing of their baby down the toilet. How could a woman ever get over such an experience? There are also public health issues to consider regarding the disposal of the babies remains in such a manner
What the BPAS are trying to do is normalise the killing of unborn babies by making it quicker and more widely available. Vulnerable women will be lead to believe that this is easier option than surgical abortion, and will foster a more casual approach to ending the life of an unborn child. The BPAS effectively want to turn abortion into a 'take-away service'
The relative ease of this abortion method means it is becoming increasing popular and now accounts for 48% of all abortions below nine weeks, a rate that is increasing every year
This is just another scheme by the BPAS to expand their money making abortion business. Every year the BPAS make millions of pounds off vulnerable women. Abortion is a very lucrative money making business. The BPAS has been responsible for the killing of over 48,000 unborn babies in 2009
Women’s health and lives are being put at risk by this drug. We urge our politicians to immediately reject the BPAS plans and protect vulnerable women and their unborn babies.
The RU 486 is an abortion pill that kills an unborn child up to nine weeks gestation. By then a child already has a heart beat, an intact nervous system and brain waves. The drug is taken in two doses and it works by inhibiting the hormone progesterone which is necessary for maintaining a pregnancy. This results in the expulsion of the lining of a woman’s uterus along her tiny dead baby.
The abortion drug is also highly dangerous for women. Even under medical supervision there have been a number of very serious after effects from using the drug, including maternal mortality. Recently, a Swedish woman died after being administered RU 486. In January 2004 the British government revealed that two women died as a result of taking the controversial pill. In September of 2003, Holly Patterson an 18 year old from California, died from septic shock after taking the pill. The actual number of deaths is probably much higher than this due to underreporting. For the women who do survive there are a host of complications they can develop from using this drug. The Population Council who hold the patent for RU-486 anticipate complications ranging from cardiac arrest, haemorrhage, and septic shock to incomplete abortions and the retention of baby body parts.