During Its First Year, Abortion Pill Kills More Than 4,000 Babies in Canada

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Apr 27, 2018   |   12:08PM   |   Ottawa, Canada

More than 4,000 unborn babies have been killed with abortion pills in Canada after the government allowed the deadly drugs on the market in 2017.

The CBC reported about the new figures from Health Canada this week, the first indication of how prevalent the abortion drugs have become in Canada. They are sold under the label Mifegymiso.

“In 2017, an estimated 4,253 new prescriptions of Mifegymiso were dispensed by Canadian retail pharmacies,” according to Health Canada.

Canadian health officials approved the dangerous abortion drugs for the market in 2017 and, a few months later, expanded their use.

Unlike in the United States, the abortion drugs only became available in 2017 in Canada. Mifegymiso is a two-drug abortion method known in the U.S. as mifepristone, or RU-486, and misoprostol. The abortion drugs are responsible for killing more than 2 million unborn babies in the United States and at least 14 women, since they were approved during the Clinton administration.

According to the new data, one woman reported complications after taking the drugs in Canada.

Here’s more from the report:

“It’s very encouraging,” said Frederique Chabot, director of health promotion for Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, a non-profit, pro-choice agency.

Chabot said Mifegymiso can offer abortion access to women who live far from hospitals and clinics providing surgical abortions.

“When I think of women, for example, in Nunavik in Quebec who have to travel to Montreal to seek care — that’s a plane ride and days away from your family, days away from your community and work. So we have a chance now to address some access issues,” she said.

Yet, this could be the very reason why so few complications have been reported. Women in rural areas who experience complications may struggle to access a hospital or doctor, in much the same way abortion activists claim they struggle to access abortion.

Studies suggest the complication rate likely is much higher than the new Canadian statistics indicate. In 2012, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration report indicated that 14 women in the United States died from using the mifepristone abortion drug and 2,207 women were injured by it. A Planned Parenthood study also found at least one woman is seriously injured from the abortion drugs daily.

Despite the new wide-spread use in Canada, abortion activists complained that the drugs still are not widely available enough. One of their complaints is the cost of the abortion drugs, about $400 to $450.

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But their complaint is flimsy, given that more than half of the provinces already provide the abortion drugs for free through taxpayer-funded programs.

Canada also has some of the most liberal abortion laws in the world, allowing abortions for any reason up to birth, with many being taxpayer-funded. Parental consent for minors, waiting periods, informed consent and other basic, common sense regulations are non-existent. But abortion activists will not tolerate anything less than full support of abortion on demand up to birth, paid for by taxpayers.

About 100,000 unborn babies are aborted in Canada every year, according to the Campaign Life Coalition. It is not yet clear if the abortion rate rose last year with the introduction of the new abortion drugs.

Canada allows the abortion drugs to be used up to nine weeks of pregnancy, instead of seven, The Canadian Press reports. Women no longer need to take the drugs under the supervision of a doctor either, despite potentially life-threatening risks.

Last year, the CBC reported the abortion drugs are available by prescription and dispensed by pharmacists, and doctors no longer are required to take a special course before prescribing them. Women also do not have to give written consent to take the drugs, the report states.