Instagram Removes Web Site Selling Abortion Pills After Court Rules Texas Can Ban Abortions

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 30, 2021   |   11:01AM   |   Washington, DC

A pro-abortion group that promotes dangerous “self-managed” abortions has been suspended from Instagram.

Jezebel reports Plan C does not know why the social media platform suspended its account for 30 days. The abortion advocacy group promotes abortion pills and helps women find groups that sell them online.

Instagram told Plan C that it “violated community guidelines or terms of use” but did not give any more specific information, said Elisa Wells, co-founder and co-director of the group.

Previously, Instagram temporarily suspended Plan C for promoting pharmaceutical drugs in violation of the social media company’s policies, according to the leftist news site.

Plan C does not sell abortion drugs, but it does promote them as “safe and effective” for women to take at home. No need to even see a doctor in person. It does this despite strong evidence showing the abortion drugs are dangerous and can be deadly to the mother as well as her unborn baby, especially without a doctor’s supervision.

“It’s the 21st century: We have a safe technology, and it’s available to people by mail, even in Texas,” Wells told the leftist news site. “We want people to know they don’t have to travel to have a safe abortion.”

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Wells’ group hopes to have its suspension lifted before the 30 days are up, especially with the Texas heartbeat law slated to go into effect Wednesday. The pro-life law prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, typically about six weeks of pregnancy, and it could save more than 100 babies from abortions every day.

A federal appeals court refused to block the law over the weekend, and Wells said she expects many Texas women will be turning to Plan C and other online abortion sites for abortions. Her group’s suspension from Instagram will make this more difficult.

“Instagram is a platform that serves the age demographic we’re looking to provide information to, and people flock to social media platforms like Instagram for info about healthcare,” she told Jezebel.

Some states prohibit mail-order abortions, such as the ones Plan C promotes, and Texas is trying to do the same this summer.

Previously, Texas Alliance for Life executive director Joe Pojman, Ph.D, said pro-abortion groups are putting women’s lives at risk by promoting mail-order abortion drugs.

He pointed to a study showing that the complication rate for abortion drugs, or chemical abortions, is four times higher than surgical abortions. Complications include incomplete abortion resulting in baby body parts or placenta remaining in the uterus, future miscarriage and stillbirth from unmanaged Rh factor, and hemorrhaging and death from undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy.

The number of babies losing their lives to the abortion drug is on the rise. Ever since the Obama-Biden administration relaxed the safety protocols for the RU-486 abortion drug in 2016, the numbers have rapidly increased in Texas — from 5,000 in 2014 to 28,000 in 2020. Chemical abortions now account for 53 percent of all abortions in Texas, according to data from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

In the spring, the Biden administration stopped enforcing an FDA safety regulation requiring that the abortion drug be given to women by a medical professional in person. Now, it is trying to do away with the regulation entirely.

“The physician visit is critically important for protecting the health and safety of woman at abortion facilities,” Pojman told LifeNews previously. “Even worse, activist organizations and academic institutions are promoting mail-order abortions, without any direct supervision of a physician, putting women’s very lives at risk.”

Abortion drugs are dangerous for the mother as well as her unborn baby. In the United States, the abortion drug mifepristone, or RU-486, has been linked to at least 24 women’s deaths and 4,000 serious complications.

A 2009 study “Immediate Complications After Medical Compared With Surgical Termination of Pregnancy,” in Obstetrics and Gynecology found a complication rate of approximately 20 percent for the abortion drugs compared to 5.6 percent for surgical abortions. Hemorrhages and incomplete abortions were among the most common complications.