Helpless women will be left to suffer in ‘fear and silence’ following a police swooped on the illicit abortion pills purchase in Northern Ireland, as per the campaigners.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland, on International Women’s Day performed a series of crackdowns at addresses in Belfast, which includes the work place of an artist involved with abortion rights campaigning.
Numerous items were seized for further examination, however no arrest were made.
There’s a fear that rather than preventing women in Northern Ireland from having pregnancy terminations, police raids targeting abortion pills that are considered safe by the World Health Organization even outside of a clinical setting. This will simply drive women to seek abortions in more dangerous ways, who can’t afford to travel to England for the process.
A spokesperson from a pro-choice group commented that, there is an anxiety what measures women will take if the only safe options are now out of reach due to risk of being arrested or prosecuted, or for financial reasons. Women could end up putting themselves in serious danger.
An abortion rights campaigner stated that, abortions aren’t going to be stopped; they will be continued happening. If women are restricted to buy abortion pills, in desperate situation might seek backstreet abortions. They will be choosing drastic measures.
A UK-based charity, which helps fund, costs for females from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, because the women over there cannot afford to travel to England for the procedure. On Thursday an emergency appeal was launched and surpassed its fund raising target twice over within hours of being set up.
A member of a political party of the Northern Ireland assembly stated that, pregnancy termination should be a health issue between a woman and her GP. There should e no interference of the judge or the police.
The spokesperson added that last week’s raid would spur its efforts in lobbying the government in Northern Ireland to allow safe, free, and legal access to abortion pills online. Also, this isn’t good enough for women and pregnant females. People in Northern Ireland have become alert to that over the last few years, said spokesperson.
Additionally, people over there also understand, what women over there have to go through just to access basic reproductive health management, they will want to push for change.