Abortion suppliers are breaking the legislation with DIY drugs within the mail, says Christian Concern

Abortion suppliers are breaking the legislation with DIY drugs within the mail, says Christian Concern

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Christian Concern has accused two major abortion providers of violating the law with a postal service that sends "DIY" demolition pills to women who want to end their pregnancy at home during the pandemic.

The abortion rules were relaxed after the UK was banned to give pregnant women the opportunity to leave home for up to 10 weeks. Christian Concern accuses Marie Stopes and BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service) of not having carried out adequate pregnancy checks.

Christian Concern used mysterious volunteers to ask providers to access abortion pills through their postal service. The volunteers received the pills "despite wrong names, birth dates and gestation dates".

"In one case, the volunteer provided a date that could only have resulted in an abortion beyond the ten-week security limit," said Christian Concern.

The investigation follows an exposé in The May sun revealed eight real-life cases in which women had exceeded the ten-week limit.

An investigation was launched in May after a woman in the Midlands received pills from BPAS to terminate her pregnancy after 28 weeks.

Andrea Williams, managing director of Christian Concern, said his investigation raised questions about how many women could receive and administer abortion pills at home "in violation of the regulations."

"We are for women and we are trying to raise legitimate concerns about telemedical services related to regulatory compliance, customer safety and quality of care," she said.

"These women need better customer-oriented counseling and personal counseling, where they can be assessed by a service provider before agreeing to this procedure. A rushed phone call, just by voice, is not the quality of care that these women deserve.

"The system is open to abuse by perpetrators, pimps and traffickers.

"The ban is over and now that the restrictions are easing, we can safely reintroduce hospitalization and ultrasound scans as part of the abortion path."

Clare Murphy, director of foreign affairs at BPAS, described the investigation as "meaningless exercise" and said that the mysterious volunteers "were all lawfully offered support and care."

Marie Stopes said the mysterious volunteers "have safe access to themselves or their families at a time when the NHS is under great pressure and many services are unavailable".

The results of Christian Concern's investigation were released when Parliament was today considering amendments to the Domestic Abuse Act aimed at decriminalizing abortion and making DIY abortions permanent at home.

"The amendments tabled in Parliament are not harmless, but they are harmful and can be massively misused. They have to fail today," added Ms Williams.

"Post-delivery abortion pills are a system that must be stopped immediately, and a thorough study of the legality and practices of the two major UK abortion providers needs to be undertaken."

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