A worrying number of women were hospitalized in 2020 in the UK with serious complications caused by abortion drugs, according to a study published on Nov. 29. 

The research by Britain’s pro-life organization, Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), reported on its website that more than 10,000 women required hospital treatment after ingesting the abortion pills at home since the state approved “abortion at home,” on March 30, to meet demands during the COVID-19 closures. 

The report, which included 85 Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to UK National Health Service (NHS) clinics, showed that 1 in 17 women suffered the most serious effects.

The most serious consequences were for pregnant women who had an incomplete abortion and retained fetal remains in their uterus, which accounted for 5.9% of the cases.

Of these, 3% required surgical intervention to remove the fetal remains, while 2.3% were treated for hemorrhage in a National Health System hospital. 

However, those who carried out the research underline that these rates could be underestimated. Some women indicated in the hospital that they had a spontaneous abortion and their condition was not provoked by abortion pills. 

The study also mentions that every month, an average of 10,000 women self-manage their medical abortion at home; 7,500 with both pills (misoprostol and mifepristone) and 2,500 using misoprostol after mifepristone in the clinic. Again, an alarming figure for the number of unborn lives being eliminated and the risk women are exposing themselves to when they undergo this practice. 

The data collected led researchers led by Kevin Duffy of Percuity LTD, an independent consultancy focused on the analysis of public health research data, to posit that “complications arising from the failure of the medical abortion treatment are common” but are not being reported by abortion providers and the state Department of Health and Social Care.

Regarding this, Duffy expressed that this omission “clearly demonstrates what needs to change and why the government should not make home abortion ‘telemedicine’ permanent. The time has come to end it,” he added.

As Duffy recounted in a previous interview with SPUC, having worked for Marie Stopes International (MSI), one of the world’s largest abortion providers, he now works with pro-life organizations in Britain. 

After learning that in 2020 the UK announced that women could obtain abortion pills through the mail, he began a project called “undercover client” to find out more closely how abortion providers in Britain operate. 

Duffy recounted the surprise he got on his undercover mission:

“To think that after just two phone calls taking no more than an hour in total, a woman who doesn’t exist, is not pregnant, is not registered at the recorded GP surgery, who misleads the service provider about her medical history and her gestational age, even changes her gestational age mid-process, is able to obtain the abortion pills, a service for which the abortion provider is paid by the NHS. And they call this a fantastic advance in women’s healthcare,” he said.

Duffy also expressed that he recognizes that life begins at conception and wants to see an end to abortion on demand. 

He stated his strong opposition to British taxpayers’ money being further used to fund abortions in other countries through pro-abortion organizations like MSI, “which trample on the constitution of countries where abortion is illegal.” 

Its Executive Director said, “Once again, SPUC calls on the Government to cease, with immediate effect, dangerous DIY home abortion services, which place women at an unacceptable level of risk. We must protect the unborn and we must protect women.”

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