Ógra Aontú have today called on the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, to put an end to the practice of ‘telemedicine abortions’.

Spokesperson for the group, Bernadette Harkin said:

“Last month an email was leaked which had been circulated between senior officials in the NHS, revealing that two women had died in Britain following ‘home abortions’. One died from sepsis, having presented at a hospital A&E with complications. The second woman was found dead at home the morning after she took the abortion pill”.

Bernadette continued: “These horrific events bring into focus the dangers of “DIY abortions”. In Ireland, at the outset of the pandemic the Health Minister produced guidelines permitting home abortions without the need for face to face consultation with a doctor or counsellor. The arguement put forward by some TDs at the time was that many pregnant women are under increased financial strain as a result of the pandemic/lockdown”.

Bernadette went on: “The idea that the best solution we have for women in financial crisis are abortion pills in the post is incredibly cold. We need to protect the vulnerable and promote a message that all life is to be cherished equally. We are calling on Stephen Donnelly to put an end to this practice of home abortions, introduced by his predecessor, given the horror stories we are hearing from Britain”, concluded Bernadette.