Abortion facilities continue to close at a rapid pace and abortion practitioners are increasingly hard to come by. So, abortion activists have a new strategy in mind – mail-order abortion drugs.
They recently conducted a study, published in the journal “Contraception,” claiming that the abortion drug RU-486 is safe for at-home use.
Doctors, researchers and pro-life advocates have pointed to numerous problems with the study and the very concept, not the least of which is the health and safety of both mother and child.
Another problem that runs contrary to abortion activists’ stated goals is the potential for abuse. Speaking to OneNewsNow, Dr. Donna Harrison of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists said the ease of access to the drugs could open the doors to more abuses by pedophiles, human traffickers and abusive partners.
“… there’s no guarantee that the person ordering it is the woman who’s going to take the drug,” Harrison said. “It could be a pimp or an abuser who wants to get rid of his evidence.”
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Harrison also raises the possibility that a pedophile who impregnates an underage girl and wants an abortion to avoid prosecution could order the RU486 himself.
Harrison says one has to be ideologically committed to abortion under any circumstances to blatantly ignore the safety of women in this situation. Therefore, because of the dangers surrounding mail order abortion drugs, Harrison and Charlotte Lozier Institute are calling on the Federal Drug Administration to address the issue.
Forced abortions already are happening, even with specific regulations for the administration of abortion drugs in the United States.
A very similar case occurred in Florida several years ago when John Andrew Weldon tricked his girlfriend, Remee Lee, into taking abortion drugs, killing her unborn baby. Welden was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Responding to the crime, Florida lawmakers passed an Unborn Victims of Violence law to protect unborn babies in such cases.
LifeNews also reported the story of a New York man, Josh Woodward, who was convicted of attempted murder after he secretly gave his pregnant girlfriend an abortion drug that caused the death of their 13-week unborn child. Woodward’s girlfriend said she refused to abort their unborn baby, even though he was constantly pressuring her.
Many pro-life advocates are concerned that these types of abuses could grow worse if abortion activists succeed in forcing pharmacies to dispense abortion drugs or allowing them to be distributed by mail-order.
Forced abortions are a rarely discussed atrocity that occur more often that people realize. As LifeNews previously reported, one study found that as many as 64 percent of post-abortive women say they felt pressure to have an abortion.
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Ignoring the potential for wide-spread abuses, abortion activists are pressuring the FDA to expand the use of the dangerous abortion drug RU-486. In February, the AP reported a group of pro-abortion doctors, professors and abortion advocacy groups urged the FDA to allow the abortion drug to be made available by prescription at pharmacies across the U.S.
The ACLU and Hawaiian abortion activists also are suing the federal government in a case that could force every pharmacy in America to sell dangerous abortion drugs.
The abortion drug works by blocking the hormone progesterone, causing the uterine wall to break down and basically suffocating the unborn baby. A second abortion drug, misoprostol, typically is taken a day or two later to induce contractions to expel the dead baby’s body.
Because of the high failure rate and the risks involved with the abortion drug in later pregnancies, the FDA limited approval for use only in the first 49 days from the start of a woman’s last menstrual period. However, last year under pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s administration, the FDA changed its guidelines for the drug, allowing it to be used later in pregnancy and in smaller doses.
Despite what abortion activists claim, the abortion drug is dangerous to women as well as their unborn babies, especially unsupervised. Mifepristone is responsible for killing millions of unborn babies in the United States and at least 14 women. In 2012, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration report indicated that 14 women in the United States alone died from using the mifepristone abortion drug and 2,207 women were injured by it.
The drug has claimed the lives of more than 2 million unborn children in the United States since its approval at the end of the Clinton administration. In addition to the number of unborn children whose lives have been lost to the abortion drug, women have suffered as well, as a Planned Parenthood study admits at least one woman is seriously injured from the abortion pill daily.