A bpas spokesperson said
“The main risk when buying abortion pills online – as with any medication – is that you might not get the drugs you were hoping for. However, we know that organisations like Women on Web are providing an excellent service for women in difficult situations, and abortion medication is in and of itself very safe. It is quite simply the case that unattended home abortion is much safer than ongoing pregnancy and childbirth.
While adverse side-effects with abortion medication are very rare, we know that some women who use online pills may be afraid to seek medical treatment when needed because of the risk of prosecution. Earlier this year, we launched a helpline for women in need of advice or simply a reassuring voice at the end of the line. While the campaign to decriminalise abortion across Ireland and the UK continues, we will continue to offer back-up care for when women need it.“
The study can be found online here.
bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.