Four U.S. states are serving as the testing ground for abortion activists’ newest plans to expand abortions.
Right now, women in Hawaii, New York, Oregon and Washington state are being offered a chance to have a mail-order abortion using dangerous abortion drugs.
The New York Times reports 12 women, all from Hawaii, have participated in the study so far. Of those women, 11 reported to researchers that they did not experience any complications from the abortion, and one woman did not take the drugs. Ten of the 11 women who took the drugs said they were satisfied with the abortion and would recommend it to a friend, according to the researchers.
The process begins with a video chat between the woman and a medical professional (not necessarily a doctor) from the woman’s home computer, according to the report. Next, the woman must travel to an abortion clinic or doctor’s office for an ultrasound and blood work. If her results do not reveal any problems, woman will receive the abortion drugs and instructions in the mail the next day. Then after the abortion is over, the woman returns to the clinic for an ultrasound to make sure the abortion is complete.
The study is a project of the Gynuity Health Projects, a pro-abortion nonprofit research group, and has been approved by the FDA, the report states. The number of participants is extremely small so far. Researchers said women are being told about the study at abortion facilities and other medical facilities in their states.
Research indicates that the abortion drugs can be harmful, even deadly, to the woman as well as her unborn child. An FDA study from 2011 showed that RU-486, a commonly used abortion drug, is responsible for the deaths of at least 14 women in the U.S. and dozens more worldwide. In the April 2011 report, the FDA found that 2,207 women in the U.S. also were injured by the drug. A Planned Parenthood study also admitted at least one woman is seriously injured from the abortion drug daily.
Only Australia and British Columbia, Canada allow the abortion drugs to be administered through the mail, according to the NYT.
Abortion activists argue that this mail-order method would save women from having to travel long distances and spend extra money and time to have an abortion; but the research method being done now has the women traveling to a clinic at least twice. How this process is less burdensome for the woman is difficult to say. Instead, this method seems to be designed to be less burdensome and less costly to abortion facilities, because it requires less staff on site to supervise patients.
Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, pointed out another problem with the method.
“If pills are sent through the mail, who are they supposed to call if they have a problem?” she told the NYT. “There are serious downsides from the pills, and just talking to someone over a computer and sending pills in the mail, to me, that is just reckless.”
Fortunately, there are some measures in place that would prevent this abortion expansion from happening. Currently, 19 states prohibit telemed/webcam abortions and require that women meet with a doctor in person before having an abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
A spokesperson for Danco Laboratories, the company that makes the abortion drug, also told the newspaper that it is not looking to expand the drug’s distribution.
The abortion drug works by slowly starving a baby to death over a period of days, former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino said in a Live Action video explaining the abortion procedure. Currently, most women receive the abortion drug RU-486 and a second drug to induce labor at the abortion facility, but experience the actual abortion at home without medical supervision.
In April, the FDA expanded its recommendations for RU-486 by allowing it to be administered up until 10 weeks of pregnancy instead of seven, and allowing smaller doses to be used. These measures save abortion businesses money but put unsuspecting women in greater danger of complications.
Reuters recently reviewed abortion data from Planned Parenthood and state health departments, and found the number of abortions using the drug increased 35 percent between 2010 and 2014, representing 43 percent of all reported abortions in 2014. In addition, the review found that drug-induced abortions increased even more in 2016 after the FDA expanded its guidelines for the drug’s use.
In addition, approximately 1.52 million unborn babies lost their lives to the abortion drugs from 2000 to 2011, according to the FDA.