Surge in 999 calls for women taking DIY abortion pills

Ambulance services have reported a surge in emergency calls for women who have taken DIY abortion pills, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed.

The Mail on Sunday found that one – South Western Ambulance Service – had seen its dispatches for women taking the pills triple since April last year.

Under emergency coronavirus legislation, women are being allowed to take abortion pills without medical supervision within the first twelve weeks of pregnancy.


The FOI responses also showed London Ambulance Service callouts had doubled since the rollout of the pills, while 999 calls and despatches from the South East Coast service had increased by about a third.

Abortion giant BPAS has claimed that home abortion pills carry no risk of complications.

Official figures showed that DIY abortions accounted for nearly half of all abortions carried out from April to December 2020.

Women at risk

Right To Life UK Spokeswoman, Catherine Robinson, warned “there is no guarantee about who actually takes the abortion drugs; there are no in-person checks on the gestation of the baby, and it is very difficult to reliably assess whether or not the woman is being forced into doing something she does not want to do”.

Responses to an official consultation in Scotland earlier this year showed the public’s major concerns over DIY abortions included a lack of medical supervision and support – “with risks of serious complications including incomplete abortion, haemorrhaging, infection/sepsis, and death”.

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