DIY Abortion Pills Violate Parental Rights in England

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: April 5, 2022

New DIY abortion laws in the UK, allow for women to have an abortion without seeing a medical professional; but, by simple talking, and then ordering pills over the phone. This raised serious concern for the health of women and the possibility for minors to abort without properly consulting a professional or their parents before starting something that could traumatize their lives. Parental rights are violated in this case, which is especially problematic for Christian parents who would not agree with their child taking such actions.

Baroness Sugg attempted to amend this bill on April 5th but it was not brought to a vote. 

Dr Camilla Kingdon, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, also expressed her concern for the mental and physical health of younger women in regard to this bill. She said that women up to 25 years old “must be offered and actively encouraged to take up a face-to-face appointment," because a "face-to-face appointment would allow a healthcare professional to talk to them, examine them if necessary and spot any safeguarding issues."

Dr Helen Daley, a consultant paediatrician, said: “We’ve had young people say they are depressed, anxious, afraid to go out, months after the event. We’ve also had staff being hugely traumatised.”



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