The government of Scotland has confirmed that it will allow dangerous at-home DIY abortions to continue permanently. Under pressure to follow the lead of England and Wales, Scotland has made what were temporary COVID rules concerning the abortion pill to be permanent. Scotland abortions reached the second-highest number on record in 2020 after at-home use of the abortion pill was first permitted.
“We have seen that current arrangements for early medical at-home abortions have helped access to abortion to continue without delays during the pandemic,” said Women’s Health Minister Maree Todd on May 12.
“I am satisfied that current arrangements should continue so today I am confirming that the provision of these services will continue as part of the standard treatments available within our NHS, when clinically appropriate.
“As with all treatment in the NHS, we will continue to monitor its outcomes and any findings of the ongoing expert evaluation being carried out by health professionals and researchers.”
Todd is more concerned with keeping access to abortion open for the benefit of the abortion industry, not women. Though she and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), the UK’s largest NHS-funded network of abortion clinics, has said the at-home use of both mifepristone and misoprostol is safe, it claimed the lives of at least two women in the UK during the pandemic. The abortion pill has been found to be four times more dangerous than a first-trimester surgical abortion and when women are not examined by a doctor to properly date their pregnancy or check for an ectopic pregnancy or discover her Rh status, their health and their future pregnancies are both put at even greater risk. But Dr. Patricia Lohr of BPAS said that what matter is that at-home abortions are more “convenient.”
“They talked about it as being convenient, it enhanced their privacy, it meant that they were more in control about the timing and place of their abortion and, of course, it was more comfortable for them to have their abortion in the home environment,” she said.
But, in reality, it is more convenient for the abortion industry, BPAS, and other abortion clinics to simply mail women the abortion pill and not deal with the examinations or worry about whether the woman on the other end of the call is being coerced into the abortion. It prevents them from having to call in suspected cases of sexual abuse as abortion businesses are required to do in the United States. They can also avoid dealing with the after-effects that are so common with the abortion pill, including hemorrhage, incomplete abortion, and infection. When women do experience these reactions, they will go to hospitals rather than the abortion clinic.
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children condemned the decision and called it “state-sponsored backstreet abortion.”
A Scottish lawmaker has also recently introduced a bill that would introduce censorship zones around abortion clinics and potentially jail pro-lifers for up to two years.
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