Abortion trend in Ireland could likely spur home-based method through medication

Supporters of the Yes vote that won Ireland's referendum last May 25 expect to propose new abortion bills in the next six months. One of these bills could likely include the legalization of home-based abortion through the use of medication.

(Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne)Demonstrators take part in a protest to urge the Irish Government to repeal the 8th amendment to the constitution, which enforces strict limitations to a woman's right to an abortion, in Dublin, Ireland September 24, 2016.

Taking abortion medication within the first trimester of the pregnancy could become the norm in Ireland instead of the more invasive and expensive surgical abortion procedure, according to reports. At least 25 percent of general practitioners are expected to provide this service once provisions have been outlined and established into a law.

Ireland's Department of Health is also expected to come up with the guidelines for home-based medical abortion and work alongside lawmakers and hospitals or clinics in mapping out a comprehensive abortion service for Irish women. Ideally, there will be staff training and certifications as well, to ensure that an establishment is prepared to render this type of service.

Home-based abortion via medication involves taking two pills, Mifepristone and Misoprostol, which a patient could obtain from her primary care doctor after consultations. She won't need to undergo an ultrasound scan, but she will experience some cramping, similar to a heavy period, as a result. She will also need to return to her primary care doctor for a follow-up check-up.

In some cases where there could be complications from medical abortion, however, a woman might need minor gynecological and hospital attention. But the procedure is deemed as generally safe for aborting pregnancy of less than 12 weeks even for the standards of the World Health Organization.

The agency, however, recommended in its report: "Adequate safety measures and support systems should be in place before home-based medical abortion can be offered."

Meanwhile, despite the lifting of the abortion ban in Ireland, anti-abortion protests will still continue, especially when clinics and hospitals will begin providing the service, according to pro-life voters.

"Shortly, legislation will be introduced that will allow babies to be killed in our country," John McGuirck, a No voter and campaigner told the press. "We will oppose that legislation," he added.