Media Release

DIY abortions during COVID-19 dangerous for women

The Australian Christian Lobby has cautioned Australian governments against the terrifying and incredibly dangerous prospect of enabling more DIY abortions during the COVID-19 crisis.

The British government yesterday quickly removed changes to their abortion laws that would have allowed women to access abortion drugs without leaving home for a medical consultation. At the same time, a pro-abortion British academic called for more DIY abortions.

“DIY abortions should not be promoted, as they carry many unacceptable risks and complications,” ACL spokesperson Wendy Francis said, “Unsupervised self-administration of RU486 will lead to more hospital admissions due to the known risks of RU486, namely failing to remove the unborn child’s residual body parts, hemorrhaging, high blood pressure, vomiting, cramping and sepsis.”

“These women will be unable to access precious hospital emergency beds during the COVID-19 crisis.”

“Enabling more DIY abortions also offers no protection for women isolated in homes, being coerced or suffering domestic violence,” Mrs Francis added.

The ACL urges Australia’s governments to follow some US states’ lead and deem abortion “non-essential healthcare” during the COVID-19 crisis.


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