Abortion Advocates Investigate Back-Alley Abortions Roe Was Supposed to Stop

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 22, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortion Advocates Investigate Back-Alley Abortions Roe Was Supposed to Stop

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 22
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — To hear abortion advocates tell the story, the United States needed to make abortion legal to stop the supposed high number of back-alley abortions. It turns out now that those abortions still continue and pro-abortion groups are now investigating why.

The organizations Gynuity and Ibis Reproductive Health have launched a new study in San Francisco, New York and Boston to determine how many women try self-abortions without going to an abortion center.

Despite the claim that legal abortions would stop the back-alley practice that supposedly resulted in the death of women, several stories have cropped up over the years showing women doing their own abortions.

The abortions frequently involve an anti-ulcer drug known as Cytotec, or misoprostol, that abortion advocates have urged to be used to induce an abortion in places where the practice is illegal.

ABC News quotes Daniel Grossman, an abortion activist and doctor in the San Francisco area who confirmed he sees women coming to him who have had medical complications from mis-using the drug for abortions.

"She had been given a misoprostol from her friend in San Francisco," said Grossman, he said.

It also cited Pfizer media representative Shreya Jani who said the company continues to warn against mis-using the misoprostol drug for abortions.

"Pfizer only promotes the use of its medicines for approved indications. Cytotec is off-patent with at least two generics, and we are not actively marketing the brand," she said. "Pfizer has not studied Cytotec for the purpose of labor induction or for the early termination of pregnancy, nor do we intend to."

Money may likely play a role in the back-alley abortions — as a surgical abortion, at its cheapest in the first trimester, can cost $300-400. The abortion drug mifepristone, RU 486, is cheaper but still more expensive than the $5 a pill cost for Cytotec.

"Sometimes, people talk about this as a passport to the ER," said Grossman. "They take enough so it looks like they’re having a miscarriage, and then they have an aspiration procedure."

The Internet also plays a role as ancient herbal methods for doing abortions before advanced methods have cropped up on the Internet.

That back alley abortions haven’t stopped with the legalization of abortion, as pro-abortion groups said it would, is no surprise.

Dr. Bernard Nathanson, co-founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League who is now a pro-life physician, admitted that he and other abortion proponents made up statistics about women dying from illegal abortions.

"We spoke of 5,000 – 10,000 deaths a year," he said. "I confess that I knew the figures were totally false [but] it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics?"


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