Life is deeply concerned and confused at news the Government is overturning their position, for the third time in less than a week, to allow medical abortions to be completed entirely at home after a telephone/ video consultation.
For the last week there has been uncertainty over whether the Government would change the law to allow women to take the second abortion pill at home, as well as the first. The change was announced last Monday and then reversed the following day. Now it appears, one week later, that the Government are performing yet another U-turn and are allowing the change to take place.
Life’s Director of Advocacy Liz Parsons said: “It is unconscionable that the Government is contradicting their stance, yet again, to allow women to be taking both stages of the medical abortion at home. It is an absolute disgrace that the abortion lobby should take advantage of the terrible situation we find ourselves in, with COVID-19, to instigate the biggest change to the Abortion Act (1967) we’ve seen in years, without any public consultation.
These significant changes will make it nearly impossible to discover underlying mental health issues, coercion or abuse, leaving these women without the real help and support they desperately need. At this time our nation is rightly focused on how we can protect vulnerable people and save as many lives as possible; a U-turn on this contradicts everything this lock-down stands for and pulls focus from what should be our priority – saving lives.
Life are also experiencing an increase in demand for our services by over 135%. Our response as a nation should be to offer increased counselling and practical support to empower these women; not to feed into the culture of fear by promoting DIY abortions.
The baby in the womb is one of the most vulnerable human beings in our society. We urge the Government to listen to its own advice and continue to put vulnerable people first.”