For the study, researchers analyzed data from the group between 2010 and 2012, and found that during follow-up consultations, 95 percent of the participants reported having terminated their pregnancies without surgical intervention, the Post notes. Seventy-eight percent of the women were 7 weeks pregnant and 22% were 7-9 weeks pregnant when they accessed WoW.
The women in the study received consultations and abortion pills from Netherlands-based telemedicine nonprofit Women on Web, which has been providing abortion pills since 2006 to women living in countries where they can not legally access an abortion.
Since high-profile prosecutions previous year, the charity Abortion Support Network, which assists women who want to travel to England to obtain an abortion from Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, has seen a spike in calls.
In an accompanying editorial, Wendy Norman, MD, of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and Bernard M. Dickens, PhD, of the University of Toronto wrote that the study reports "the best safety evidence to date for self-sourced medical abortion through telemedicine for women living where high quality healthcare is accessible but legal abortion is not".
The rate of complications was similar to that of women using the abortion pill with the help of doctors in face-to-face office settings in countries were abortion is less restricted, the study found.
However, the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act means that women can face life imprisonment for administering a drug to induce miscarriage, as the 1967 Abortion Act was not adopted in Northern Ireland. Seven women (0.7%) reported receiving a blood transfusion and 26 (2.6%) reported receiving antibiotics. Also, she believes they will not only always find a way to take advantage of legal loopholes, but also are very capable in determining when they need expert help.
The service was provided by campaign group Women on Web, which asks patients 25 questions before sending them the pills, giving instructions and advice.
'Our politicians are happy to outsource their responsibility to other countries and organisations that provide the abortion pill illegally'.
Aiken: Telemedicine has great potential to benefit people who live at a distance from a clinic, people who have trouble accessing in-clinic care due to work or childcare commitments, and those who might prefer a more autonomous and home-based model of care.
A study that purports to show that women can "safely" abort their pre-born children using abortion pills is being debunked by critics as unscientific, problematic, and lacking any real credibility.
It is illegal to import the tablets Misoprostol and Mifepristone and use them to end a pregnancy at home although nobody has ever been prosecuted.
The internet has slowly changed the nature of "back-alley" abortions by making the abortion pill available to women across the world.
In Ireland, women who do medical abortion at their own are facing 14-year jail sentence. Under the law, women are being punished for using "poisons" or "noxious substances" to end their pregnancies.
Women on Web says that in most countries, it is not illegal for women to receive medication at their home address. Complication rates, they admit, might have been slightly lower than what really happened.
"We already know that medical abortion with mifepristone is one of the safest options and that it is highly effective".