Taxpayers Are Funding Animal Tests Exploring Do-It-Yourself “Herbal Abortions”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 29, 2017   |   1:33PM   |   Washington, DC

Pro-lifers have been succeeding in their efforts to protect more unborn babies and moms from abortions, through laws, education, pregnancy resources and numerous other efforts.

Abortion numbers are down, pro-life pregnancy centers outnumber abortion clinics and states have passed a record number of pro-life laws in recent years.

But as abortion activists fight back, one of their new strategies has been to promote dangerous, do-it-yourself abortions. They have set up websites to instruct women about how to self-abort their unborn babies, and they even managed to get some popular women’s magazines and mainstream news outlets to write about it.

Now, the government is funding research about two herbs commonly used to self-induce abortions — at the taxpayer’s expense.

The Weekly Standard reports the National Toxicology Program is testing the herbs black cohosh and dong quai on animals, and at least one test involves the drugs’ effects on pregnant rats and their unborn babies.

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According to the report:

Two of the substances on the NTP animal testing list are Black cohosh and Dong Quai. These herbs are marketed in part as treatments for menstrual cramps and erectile dysfunction. But they are best known as a way to induce “herbal abortions.”

One labor and delivery nurse I spoke with said that when the herbs are taken together it is similar to a “coat hanger abortion done in an alley.”

… The NTP is planning—but has not yet conducted—nine separate poisoning tests on animals for Dong Quai. One of the tests is for “developmental toxicity.” Which means force-feeding pregnant rats massive doses of the compound and then killing the animals, cutting out their fetuses and dissecting them. For Black Cohosh, twelve different animal toxicity tests have already been conducted and a thirteenth is in the works.

The National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration run the program, the report states.

What will come about as a result of the tests remains to be seen. With new pro-life advocates taking positions in President Donald Trump’s administration, many pro-life advocates are hopeful that future funding and policies for research will be life-affirming.

Abortion advocates are promoting self-induced abortions without government funding, too – some in direct response to Trump’s election. In April, a Netherlands-based abortion group called Women Help Women launched a new website to counsel women on do-it-yourself abortions in the United States.

The new website does not sell or provide the dangerous abortion drug misoprostol, but it does instruct women on how to use it. It also tells them where women typically get the abortion drug illegally, what the legal risks and risks to their health are, and what to do if they experience complications, according to the Guardian.

One of abortion activists’ most repeated arguments is that women will harm themselves by resorting to dangerous back alley and self-induced abortion attempts if abortion becomes illegal. But now, abortion activists are pushing these unsafe abortions themselves, rather than offering women what they deserve – true support for themselves and their unborn babies.