More Americans turned to a dangerous online do-it-yourself abortion method to abort their unborn babies during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study by the University of Texas at Austin.
The Daily Beast reports the study analyzed requests for abortion pills through Aid Access, a website that mails the drugs to women in the U.S. in defiance of Food and Drug Administration warnings about serious health risks.
According to the study, the abortion group saw a 27% increase in requests for abortion drugs after the coronavirus shutdowns began. In a three-month period, Aid Access said it received nearly 50,000 requests for the life-destroying drugs.
The researchers concluded that the government should drop safety regulations limiting the abortion drugs and make it more easily accessible. This means a woman may never see a doctor in person before aborting her unborn baby.
“Our findings suggest that telemedicine models for medication abortion should be a policy priority,” the researchers stated. “When in-clinic abortion services are not accessible, people may seek alternative ways of accessing time-sensitive care.”
In particular, the abortion group saw a “significant increase” in requests for abortion drugs in 11 states, including New York, New Jersey, California and Washington state, Vice reports. These states already are strongly pro-abortion, and their governors created exceptions allowing elective abortions to continue during the shutdowns while temporarily banning other necessary medical procedures.
According to the researchers, there were significant increases in requests from several pro-life states, too, including Ohio, Tennessee and Texas, which managed to temporarily halt elective abortions during the shutdowns.
Here’s more from the report:
Between March 20 and April 11, Aid Access, an organization that ships abortion-inducing pills across the United States, saw a 27% spike in the rate of requests for the pills …. During that time period, Aid Access would normally expect to field about 2,638 requests for abortion-inducing pills. Instead, it received 3,343 requests. …
In 2018, more than 11,000 women consulted the service; [the abortion group] prescribed pills for more than 2,500 of them.
Aid Access mails the dangerous abortion drugs to women up to nine weeks of pregnancy. After a brief online chat with the person, the abortion group writes a prescription for the drugs through a pharmacy in India, which then mails them to the person.
Exactly how many mothers actually used the drugs to abort their unborn babies is not clear. Some may not have taken the drugs at all. Others may have taken them, immediately regretted their decisions and received abortion pill reversal treatments to save their babies’ lives.
In March and April, the Abortion Pill Rescue Network also saw a significant uptick in requests. It reported helping twice as many mothers and babies as it typically does in that time period.
Also, Aid Access was forced to temporarily stop mailing the dangerous abortion drugs in April because of international shipping restrictions, according to Vice.
Abortion activists have been using the pandemic to push to expand the abortion drugs so that women can get them without ever seeing a doctor in person. But, in doing so, they are ignoring serious concerns about women’s safety and babies’ lives.
The abortion drugs are responsible for the deaths of dozens of women worldwide, including at least 22 women in the United States, and have injured thousands more. A Planned Parenthood study even admitted at least one woman is seriously injured from the abortion pill daily.
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.
The dangers of de-regulating the abortion drugs also are being seen in England. In March, the British government temporarily allowed the abortion drugs to be mail-ordered during the pandemic. And already there are numerous reports of health and safety problems. In one case, authorities are investigating how a woman who was 28-weeks pregnant received the abortion drugs in the mail and used them to abort her viable, late-term unborn baby.
To abort an unborn baby, women first take mifepristone, which works by blocking the hormone progesterone, causing the uterine wall to break down and basically suffocating the unborn baby. A second drug, misoprostol, then induces contractions to expel the unborn child’s body.
Pro-life advocates also have expressed strong concerns that mail-order abortion services are being misused by abusive men who want to force women to abort their unborn babies.