Health leaders across America are dedicating their efforts to saving lives during the coronavirus pandemic. But abortion activists are trying to distract them with calls to expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
On Tuesday, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren urged the Food and Drug Administration to make abortion drugs more easily available to women during the crisis. The former Democrat presidential candidate joined U.S. Sens. Patty Murray of Washington and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin in pushing for the de-regulation of the drugs, The Huffington Post reports.
In a letter to the FDA, they argued that women should be allowed to obtain the abortion drugs in the mail or at a pharmacy — without seeing a doctor in person. The Democrat senators claimed the change could help protect women from contracting the coronavirus.
“People who need an abortion cannot delay care and should not needlessly risk coronavirus exposure,” the senators wrote. “Given the years of scientific evidence indicating that medication abortion is a safe and effective treatment, we ask that FDA take immediate steps to temporarily exercise enforcement discretion on in-person dispensing requirements, so that people can more easily access abortion care without putting themselves or their health care providers at risk of infection from COVID-19.”
The abortion drug mifepristone is used to abort unborn babies up to 10 weeks of pregnancy in the U.S. Currently, the FDA requires that abortion facilities give mifepristone to women in person. However, some states allow telemed abortions, in which the woman “meets” with a doctor over a webcam but never sees them in person.
About 40 percent of all abortions in the U.S. are drug-induced with mifepristone and a second drug, misoprostol, according to the report.
Warren, Murray and Baldwin claimed the abortion drugs are safe. They pointed to statements from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as proof, though abortion activists run the organization.
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“Despite growing calls to take up measures that maintain medical care while limiting face-to-face medical interaction when possible, steps to protect access to reproductive health care [abortion] have not been taken in the same way,” the senators wrote. “In fact, some states are actively restricting abortion care access, which both jeopardizes the health and well-being of patients seeking this time-sensitive health care and necessitates greater use of health care resources for prenatal, miscarriage and childbirth care.”
For weeks, abortion activists have been pressuring the FDA to loosen restrictions on abortion drugs, a move that could lead to more dead unborn babies and hurting mothers.
Randall O’Bannon, Ph.D., director of education and research for the National Right to Life Committee, recently explained other problems with such a proposal:
The mail delivery option would supposedly keep her from being exposed to the virus by traveling outside of her home or visiting a medical facility.
It would, however, mean a woman undergoing a painful, bloody, potentially dangerous abortion by herself at a time when emergency medical help is stretched thin and perhaps unavailable. Women undergoing chemical abortions have bled to death or died from infections. Others have died when undetected ectopic pregnancies ruptured.
Mifepristone is not safe for the mother or her unborn child. The abortion drugs have been linked to at least 24 women’s deaths and 4,000 serious complications.
Risks include excessive bleeding, severe abdominal pain, infection, hemorrhage and death. A 2009 study “Immediate Complications After Medical Compared With Surgical Termination of Pregnancy” in Obstetrics and Gynecology found a complication rate of approximately 20% for the abortion drugs compared to 5.6% for surgical abortions. Hemorrhages and incomplete abortions were among the most common complications.
Right now, 18 states ban telemedicine abortions precisely because the abortion drugs are dangerous. Requiring that a woman meet with a doctor prior to the abortion can be life-saving. Women may learn information that changes their minds about their unborn babies, or the doctor may find health complications, such as an ectopic pregnancy, that could be deadly if the woman takes the drugs.
Additionally, the illegal, online sales of abortion drugs have been linked to forced abortions. A New York City woman is facing charges after she allegedly sold abortion drugs to a man accused of trying to force his girlfriend to take them.
Women do not need to abort their unborn babies to be healthy. The only thing “essential” about an abortion is the guarantee of a dead baby. Recently, medical groups representing more than 30,000 doctors in America emphasized that abortions are not “essential” or “urgent,” and abortion facilities that continue to operate during the pandemic are being “medically irresponsible.”