Illegal abortions still rife

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  • Illegal abortions still rife in UK, claims BBC

    ILLEGAL ABORTIONS STILL take place in the UK with worrying frequency, according to a new undercover investigation by the BBC.

    Despite the fact that abortion is legal in the country, and has been for 40 years, many women are still resorting to buying ‘abortion pills’ on the black market.

    Reasons given include the cost of abortion on the NHS if an individual isn’t British and their home country has no reciprocal NHS agreement, if an individual is living here illegally or, in many cases, where young British teenagers simply don’t trust their family doctors.

    Drugs like RU486, which are routinely used to induce abortion, are only available with a prescription, yet are currently being smuggled in from overseas and sold to women who want to terminate their pregnancies.

    In addition, an undercover reporter for Five Live discovered it is possible to buy Chinese herbs, which are said to induce miscarriage, despite the sellers admitting they shouldn’t sell the herbal mixture.

    Doctors admit they often have to admit patients who have taken the herbs and then suffer heavy bleeding, which puts their own bodies at harm.

    However, a spokesperson for the Department of Health, said: ‘We have no evidence that illegal abortions are being performed.’

    The full radio report, Britain’s Backstreet Abortions, can be heard on BBC Radio Five Live this Sunday at 11.30am.

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