Thousands of women require hospital treatment after DIY abortion pills

Complications due to abortion pills have led to one in seventeen women in England taking them needing hospital treatment, a freedom of information (FOI) investigation has revealed.

Since March 2020, when the Government first allowed both abortion pills to be taken at home, at least 10,000 women have reportedly attended hospital suffering from serious side effects.

The investigation, led by independent public health consultant Kevin Duffy, was based on FOI responses from 85 NHS Trusts in England, representing about 80 per cent of the population.


Chemically-induced abortions involve taking two tablets. The first, mifepristone, is designed to kill the developing baby, and misoprostol then induces a miscarriage to expel the unborn child from the womb.

Using data from the FOI responses, Duffy  – formerly a Director of abortion giant Marie Stopes International – calculated that 5.9 per cent of women using either or both abortion pills at home attended hospital for treatment.

His investigation found that more than half of this cohort required surgical intervention and over a third needed medical help due to haemorrhaging.


Commenting on the findings, Duffy said: “This is the disturbing truth of abortion care during the pandemic that has not been reported to the government by providers.”

He added: “This investigation exposes the reality of what thousands of women experiencing crisis pregnancies have been through during the pandemic.

“It demonstrates clearly what needs to change and why the government must not make DIY home abortion telemedicine permanent. The time to end it is now well overdue.”

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