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UK’s largest abortion provider hails highest abortion numbers in history

The UK’s largest abortion provider, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), has declared a significant rise in the number of abortions performed so far in 2020 as “one of the few healthcare success stories of this pandemic”.


Statistics released by the Department of Health and Social Care last week revealed that 109,836 abortions were performed for English and Welsh residents in the six months between the 1st of January and the 30th of June 2020. This is an increase of 4,296 from the same time period in 2019.

BPAS is now calling for home abortions to be made available on a permanent basis claiming they have become “the standard of high quality, women-centred care in countries around the world”. However, contrary to the claims of BPAS, significant problems and safety abuses have arisen around the introduction of “self-induced” home abortions in the UK.

According to a leaked email sent by a regional chief midwife at NHS England and NHS Improvement on the “escalating risks” of so-called home abortions, two women have died after taking home abortion pills. The email leak also revealed police have opened a murder investigation into the death of a baby who they believe was born alive despite her mother taking “DIY” home abortion pills. 

A nationwide undercover investigation found evidence of abortion providers putting women at significant risk by not carrying out basic checks before sending them ‘DIY’ home abortion pills.

A number of women have also come forward to share the serious problems they’ve experienced after taking “DIY” home abortion pills. One woman said she “went through hell” and, “thought she was going to die” after taking the dangerous pills. Another one explained that “the pain and physical process was horrible” and “a lot worse than expected.”

Despite these concerns, BPAS may get their wish as the UK Government recently announced it would launch a consultation on whether to end the temporary measure allowing “DIY” home abortions or make it permanent.


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