A murder investigation has been launched into the death of a newborn baby, after the mother took home abortion pills.
An email sent from a regional chief midwife at NHS England revealed that the baby may have been born alive. The email also disclosed the deaths of two mothers who died after taking DIY abortion drugs.
As part of its coronavirus measures, the Government changed the law in March to permit women up to ten weeks pregnant to take abortion pills at home after a telephone or e-consultation with a doctor. It says the new rules will remain in place for up to two years or until the COVID-19 crisis recedes.
At 32 weeks
In addition to the deaths, the email says that multiple women have been hospitalised with serious medical issues, including “significant pain and bleeding related to the process through to ruptured ectopics, major resuscitation for major haemorrhage and the delivery of infants who are up to 30 weeks gestation.
“There was also a near miss where a woman had received the pills by post and then wished for a scan so attended a trust and was found to be 32 weeks”.
Despite this, the email’s unnamed author claimed that there have only been a “small number of incidents” and that changing the process could have “a greater impact on women and girls”.
The email was presented to the Court of Appeal as part of a judicial review challenging the current law permitting home abortions.
Michael Phillips, representing Christian Concern, told the judges that the change to the law has “serious and life-changing consequences for the women involved” and was beyond the Government’s powers.
The charity’s Chief Executive, Andrea Williams, said: “The leaked email is a sickening admission that those running abortion services in England have elevated ideology over women’s safety.”
Earlier this month, an investigation found that abortion giants are not carrying out basic checks before administering DIY abortion pills, which could lead to illegal abortions.
Commercial abortionists BPAS and Marie Stopes UK were contacted by eight women posing as someone seeking an abortion. All of the women later received the drugs in the post, despite seven of them reportedly providing false information.
During lockdown, an unborn baby also died after a mother illegally took home abortion pills while 28 weeks pregnant. The mother was four weeks beyond the 24-week limit for most abortions in the UK.