A new study by pro-abortion researchers asserts that the abortion drug misoprostol is 89 percent effective for aborting unborn babies in developing countries.
The study, published in the journal PLOS One this week, followed 220 women who took the drug to abort their unborn babies in Peru, according to the Washington Post. The South American country protects unborn babies from the moment of conception, so their abortions were illegal.
According to the researchers, 89 percent of women reported a complete abortion at the end of the study. In addition, 8 percent of women reported complications, including hemorrhaging, infection or severe pain.
“Our findings corroborate those from a growing number of studies indicating that women can safely and effectively use medication abortion on their own with minimal clinical supervision,” said lead researcher Daniel Grossman, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California at San Francisco.
Interestingly, though, the researchers reported that 22 percent of the women obtained an aspiration after taking the abortion drug. Though not specifically defined, aspiration likely refers to a surgical abortion technique used to remove the unborn baby. If this is the case, it would mean that one in five women in the study had an incomplete abortion and needed a doctor to perform surgery to remove their baby.
“Although, Misoprostol might trigger an abortion, they may also end up having an incomplete abortion. An incomplete abortion could result in severe infection, bleeding and in rare cases, even infertility, thus making conception impossible in future…” said Dr. Chris Aimakhu, a Nigerian ob-gyn at the University College Hospital when the country faced a misoprostol abortion crisis in 2011. “…irrespective of the dose of Misoprostol that is used by the lady, it can cause the rupture of her womb, thus leading to severe bleeding and, of course, death. I have seen quite a few of cases like this in the course of my medical practice.”
In the United States and Europe, misoprostol typically is taken with mifepristone, or RU-486, to kill unborn babies in the first trimester because the drugs are not as effective on their own.
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The researchers likely used only misoprostol in the Peruvian study because the drug is more readily available. Misoprostol also is used as a drug to treat ulcers.
Their goals for the study were to prove that self-induced abortions are not really that dangerous for women in second- and third-world countries.
“Liberalization of restrictive abortion laws is associated with improvements in health outcomes, but the process of legal reform is often lengthy,” they concluded. “In the interim, giving women information about evidence-based regimens of misoprostol, as well as offering a range of follow-up options to ensure high quality post-abortion care, may reduce the risks associated with unsafe abortion.”
Whether easier access to the abortion drug really will keep women safe is highly questionable. One thing is certain, the abortion drug never is safe for the unborn baby.