It’s becoming harder for abortion activists in the U.S. to substantiate their claim that they care about women’s health and safety.
They openly oppose basic health and safety requirements for abortion clinics, even fighting these regulations all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, some abortion advocates are pushing women to seek out dangerous, self-induced abortions in the U.S.
The Self-Induced Abortion Legal Team formed earlier this year to encourage women to seek out self-induced abortions. Because abortion clinics are closing across the U.S., the group wants to provide another method for women to kill their unborn babies.
One of the group’s goals is to provide reliable information about how women can obtain and safely use chemical abortion drugs without medical supervision, CBS News reports. Its leaders said they also want to end prosecutions against women who have self-induced abortions.
Jill Adams, executive director of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at the University of California-Berkeley law school, is the chief strategist for the new pro-abortion group. She said their goal right now is to find ways to increase women’s access to the abortion drugs without breaking any laws.
“We’re not here to incite unlawful activity, nor to reprimand anyone if they do step outside the law,” she told CBS. “We’re here to equip our friends and allies with the information they’ve been asking for.”
The group recommends that women use the chemical abortion drug misoprostol, which only is available by prescription in the U.S. Abortion facilities commonly use it with a second drug, together known as RU 486.
The dangerous RU 486 abortion regimen has claimed the lives of two million unborn children in the United States since its approval at the end of the Clinton administration. Women have suffered as well, as a Planned Parenthood study admits at least one woman is seriously injured from the abortion pill daily. An April 2011 report from the FDA shows 14 women in the United States alone have died from using the mifepristone abortion drug, and 2,207 women have been injured by it.
Of the women experiencing medical and physical problems resulting from the abortion drug, 612 women required hospitalizations, 339 experienced blood loss significant enough to require a transfusion, 256 experienced infections and 48 women experienced what the FDA labeled as “severe infections.” Given that the RU 486 abortion drug caused sepsis, a potentially lethal infection that resulted in the deaths of women from around the world, the “serious infections” were very likely life-threatening situations.
The abortion drug also has a high failure rate, according to the World Health Organization. Misoprostol is considered to be 75 to 90 percent effective on its own, according to WHO.
Adams’ group, however, claims chemical abortion drugs can be used safely to self-induce abortions.
“There will always be people who need to do this for themselves, and they deserve to have the resources and information so they can do so safely and effectively, free from the threat of arrest,” she said.
Though some pro-abortion groups seem hesitant about recommending self-induced abortions, they did not condemn the new abortion group’s mission.
Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, told the news outlet: “There are all kinds of reasons why it’s better for women to have access to professional medical care. But when that is not available, and there is a desperate situation, these drugs are very effective, and women can safely terminate a pregnancy.”
David Grimes, an abortion advocate and former head of the abortion surveillance division of the Centers for Disease Control, said medical supervision is important.
“Why are women being driven to these means when we have an astounding record of safe, legal abortions?” he asked. “Why should we revisit the 1950s?”
CBS also spoke to two pro-lifers about ending prosecution of self-induced abortions:
John Seago, legislative director of Texas Right To Life, says he would support efforts by law enforcement to crack down on any illegal trafficking of abortion-inducing drugs, but he opposes prosecutions of the women who terminate their own pregnancies.
“By putting that type of law in place, we’d be dissuading her from seeking medical help afterward,” Seago said.
That outlook is shared by most national anti-abortion leaders.
“It’s a subject that we in the pro-life movement are struggling to get our heads around,” said Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League. “I’d put the focus on going after the providers of the drug. We don’t want to go after the woman.”
The FDA recently approved the expanded use of RU 486 at abortion facilities. In March, the FDA announced that it had given into to Planned Parenthood’s demands and altered the approved use of Mifeprex, (also known as RU 486), to come in line with off-label protocols used by Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses. The FDA has announced that it is extending the allowed time period for use of the abortion drug to 70 days.