Women 'using web for abortions'
Internet is used for different purposes and there are many controversial things available online, many downright illegal, like Child Pornography, etc. But what about something that is available and legal in some countries, and banned in others. Now a new study has underlined that Women are buying medicine for abortion from the internet in the countries where abortion is legally banned.
Some women in countries where abortion is restricted are using the internet to buy medication enabling them to abort a pregnancy at home, the BBC has learned.
Women in Northern Ireland and over 70 countries with restrictions have used one of the main websites, Women on Web.
A British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology review of 400 customers found nearly 11% had needed a surgical procedure after taking the medication.
The website said it can help reduce the problems linked with unsafe abortions.
But anti-abortion campaigners called the development of such sites "very worrying indeed".
The research into those who had used Women on Web found that about 8% did not end up using the medication they had ordered.
Almost 11% went on to need a surgical procedure - either because the drugs had not completed the abortion or because of excessive bleeding.