Abortion Pill Online Sales Increasing In Britain
According to a reputed British healthcare research program, the number of abortion pill bought online has been increased in the recent years. The government figures show that more doses where bought by women in England in 2016 compared to figures three years ago.
The British pregnancy advisory service commented that the women now are much aware of medical abortion than they were years ago and therefore, more women now buy abortion pills online compared to the situation in 2012 or 2013.
Many of Britain’s women’s rights group and health care organizations are supporting a bill, which will be debated in the House of Commons next month. This bill seeks to decriminalize abortion and ease the strict regulations around pregnancy terminations.
Access to service without judgement
Some women have revealed why they accessed abortion pills online and one of the most common answer given in the survey was because it gave them a chance to a solution without judgement. Many commented that if they purchased online, they wouldn’t have to inform their family or significant other and can complete the procedure in the privacy of their homes.
Meanwhile others chose to opt due to already having children, pregnancy difficulty, financial instability, and desperate situations.
Many women also cited steep prices for abortive procedures in the country as a reason to buy abortion pill online.
Support and opposition to distribution of abortive medication
The various organizations of pro-life have come out and opposed the promotion of abortive medication, citing that it poses danger to women. Many healthcare institutes however, have come in defense of these women.
The chief executive of Britain’s topmost healthcare institute commented that even if they welcome all patients, there are many of those who face real barriers access clinic treatment. In most of such cases women are in a desperate or difficult circumstances and therefore turn to online services as it offers absolute confidentiality and privacy.
She also said that after fifty years of the 1967 Act, it is now time for women to step up and remove abortion from the criminal law.
By doing so, she said, any unnecessary barrier to clinical pregnancy terminations service will be removed.
Doing medical abortion, the right way
While many induce abortive procedures by themselves, there are many those who do not know the exact specifications need to abort medically.
Some of the requirements to safely terminate by medication are –
· The woman’s pregnancy must be within 10 weeks’ maturation
· The pregnancy must not be ectopic (outside the uterus)
· She must not be allergic to abortive medications
· She must not have a heart/ liver/ kidney disorder
· She must not suffer from adrenal failure, anemia, high blood pressure, diabetes or have inherited porphyria
· She must not have IUD in place (must remove it first)
The correct of administering Mifepristone and Misoprostol, is that women have to
- take one pill of Mifepristone normally
- Interval of 24–48 hours
- Consume 4 pills of Misoprostol buccally (i.e. putting two pills in each cheek pouches) for 30 minutes. Wait for them to be dissolved in mouth naturally for 30 minutes. Afterwards you can swallow the pills’ residue with water.
In a step forward to liberalize women’s access to abortive services, ‘Ten Minute Rule Bill” will be discussed in the House of Commons, the first pro-choice legislation since the 1967 Abortion Act. This bill which would repeal the relevant sections of the Offences Against a Person Act and decriminalize pregnancy cancellations.