Women in England are illegally having abortions at home so they don’t have to travel long distances for the procedure at a clinic or hospital.
English women are also illegally taking abortion pills at home so they won’t suffer pain, bleeding, nausea or other effects of aborting while coming home from whatever facility at which they opt to terminate their pregnancy.
Drug enforcement officers have seized nearly 10,000 sets of abortion pills over the last three years that were traveling to addresses in Britain, BBC News reported Tuesday.
England has been facing increasing pressure from doctors and medical societies to amend its law so women can take the abortion pill at home. The heads of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists along with the British Society of Abortion Care Providers called on Health Secretary Matt Hancock to appeal to England’s Prime Minster Theresa May to change the law in early July.
Current law requires that women take two abortion pills 24 hours apart at an abortion clinic or hospital.
Increased reports of English women illegally taking abortion pills comes after the Welsh government ruled June 29 that women in Wales can take abortion pills at home.
“This is a sensible and practical move by the Welsh Government. It enables women to have more choice and control over their own reproductive health and well-being,” the Royal College of Midwives director Helen Rogers said, according to BBC News.
Previously, women had to visit the clinic twice to ingest two abortion-inducing pills within 72 hours of one another. The change in Welsh law came after leading British doctor, Lesley Regan, insisted that women should be able to take their abortion pills at home, The Telegraph reported.
“Possibly on the way home, you start becoming uncomfortable or start bleeding,” president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Lesley Regan, told The Sunday Times. “You are certainly not going to have [the abortion in] the same composed, calm way.”
Scotland ruled in 2017 that women could medicinally induce abortions in the privacy of their own homes. Following that decision, Scotland saw its highest rate of abortion since 2012. The Scots aborted more than 12,000 unborn babies in 2017. There were 8,578 abortions in Wales in 2017. (RELATED: Scotland Sees Highest Abortion Rate In 5 Years)
Early medication-induced abortions up to nine weeks into gestation cost roughly $504, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
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