Surge in 999 calls over at home abortions after NHS controversially started sending powerful pills by post. There is a worrying development, emergency call-outs related to the abortion pills have *doubled* in some regions. Mail on Sunday.
Medical Abortion has a 5% failure rate.
Marie Stopes Australia (MSA) says that more than 5% of the medical abortions it provides, fail to complete. Meaning that 1-in-20 women will have fragments of the baby and/or placenta remaining in their womb after taking both sets of the tablets, mifepristone and misoprostol. These women will need to seek further treatment to prevent ongoing... Continue Reading →
Listen to the all of the data, not just some of it.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is promoting a new cohort study into the safety, efficacy, and acceptability of telemedicine early medical abortion by Aiken et al. published in BJOG here. RCOG laud this as the largest data study into telemedicine abortion, whilst the authors caution that there are gaps and possible inconsistencies in... Continue Reading →
Each month, 10,700 women self-manage their medical abortions at home, 350 of these will experience failed, incomplete abortions. At least 17 women will need hospital treatment for complications, every month, based on historic data of 1.6 complications per 1,000 abortions.
DHSC data shows an average 7,600 telemedicine abortions at home per month. A further 3,100 women self-administer misoprostol at home after taking mifepristone at an abortion clinic. Each month, 10,700 women self-manage their pregnancy expulsions at home.
Is the rate of abortion complications falling?
Official government data shows that each year, over 300 women suffer complications from abortion. Statistics from the Department of Health and Social Care for the last five years, shows that each year, 313 women who have an abortion in England and Wales, suffer from complications requiring hospital treatment, including haemorrhage, sepsis, and uterine perforations. This... Continue Reading →
How the pandemic revolutionised abortion access in the UK.
This is my response to an article in the New Statesman on December 15th, 2020. My main concern is the assertion that abortion has become safer since the introduction of telemedicine in April. The article states that there has been just one complication in more than 23,000 abortions at home, and that is clearly wrong,... Continue Reading →
2,800 failed abortions at-home.
Based on official data, it's likely that there have been 2,800 failed, incomplete abortions self-administered by women at home since the start of April; 350 incomplete every month. Official government data issued by the Department of Health and Social Care show that during April-June there was a monthly average of 17,800 abortions across England and... Continue Reading →
Care at home – the reality behind the hashtag.
#CareAtHome is being used by many on Twitter lobbying for the provision of telemedicine abortion in Northern Ireland. #CareAtHome – sounds so nice, who wouldn’t want it, but what’s the reality behind the hashtag? I suppose #CareInMyBathroom or #CareOnMyToilet doesn’t have the same appeal. Realities of abortion at home. On 28 May, the Daily Mail published a... Continue Reading →
Women on Web in Poland.
In November 2018, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (Great Britain) published a study into the safety and acceptability of medical abortion through telemedicine provided by Women on Web in Poland. This study noted: a lack of certainty in the self-reporting of gestational age; an increasing need for surgical intervention as GA increased; and... Continue Reading →