While on the website Politics.co.uk, Carla Lockhart, Member of Parliament for the constituency of Upper Bann, belonging to the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, reiterated with alarm the danger posed by the “emergency” legislation due to Covid-19, enforced in the United Kingdom for almost two years and which allows abortion “at home”, i.e. taking the “kill pill” used for abortion at home and without real medical supervision.
For this and other reasons, “iFamNews” also hoped that the British government, finding itself in this very period of time making decisive decisions regarding this policy, would make the right choice and put an end to it as soon as possible.
While hope, common sense, logic and evidence were on the side of life, politics had already snuck its way into the decision.
In fact, Congresswoman Maggie Throup, undersecretary of state for vaccines and public health, on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services announced “[…] a six-month extension to the temporary arrangements for the provision of early medication abortion put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic. The government will end the temporary regulation put in place at the beginning of the pandemic, which allows women to take both early medication abortion pills at home for up to 10 weeks of gestation. The temporary regulation will expire at midnight on August 29, 2022. At that time, pre-Covid regulatory requirements for the provision of early medication abortion will be reinstated. […] This measure, however, will be maintained under close scrutiny.”
If this is true for England, which is not repealing, but rather extending by six months a theoretically temporary regulation, which in addition to certainly causing the death of children in the womb also puts at risk the health and safety of mothers, does not apply to Wales, since in the United Kingdom the regulation of abortion is independent and separate for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The Welsh Government, therefore, has announced that it will make do-it-yourself home pharmacological abortion permanently available, and this despite the fact that responses to the public consultation on this issue were 75% opposed to this policy and to what the Government announced for England.
The Welsh Government’s Health Minister, Eluned Morgan, making the announcement also stated that he was “[…] pleased that the arrangements are now secure” and went on to say that the “[…] benefits to the NHS are equally significant, with fewer appointments required”.
The issue is always the same and certainly does not concern the health or safety of women, much less that of the children in their wombs: it concerns money.