The National Women’s Council (NWCI) is the latest campaigning group to call for the extension of ‘DIY’ home abortions in the event of a post Covid environment.
Last month, the acting secretary general of the Department of Health wrote to the Oireachtas Health Committee saying that the practice of home abortions would lapse once the Covid crisis is over. This is in keeping with what the Minister for Health stated when he gave his approval to ‘DIY’ abortions in March 2020.
In recent months, pro-abortion campaigners around the world have been lobbying for home abortions to be permanently extended and not just approved as a temporary measure. It’s not surprising therefore that the NWCI is now joining the call to normalise the practice of home abortions.
Abortions supporters are backing the calls despite the fact that in 2020 two women tragically died in England from home abortions after the government there gave the green light to the practice. Also, earlier this year, it was confirmed that ambulance callouts in Wales for complications arising from home abortions rose by 100% in a matter of months.
Political ideology rather than concern for women’s health appears to be the driving force behind the calls for extending the practice of home abortions – a practice which means no face-to-face contact between the woman and her doctor before the abortion.
In the interest of women and their unborn babies, we need to keep raising our voices in opposition to the continuation of the life-endangering practice of ‘DIY’ abortion.