Because of the Biden administration, abortion groups now are selling dangerous abortion drugs to women through the mail without any direct medical supervision.
Though the drugs are deadly for unborn babies and dangerous for their mothers, abortion groups and many news outlets ignore these risks and claim mail-order abortions are safe and easy.
Ms. Magazine has been running a series of articles that basically are free advertisements for online abortion sellers. This week, it published an interview with Razel Remen, who sells abortion drugs to women across the country from her practice in Detroit, Michigan.
According to the interview, Remen charges $150 to sends the abortion drugs through the mail – including to girls as young as 14.
There is no doctor-patient relationship in these transactions. Remen never sees the women in person. She just does a 15- to 20-minute consultation over the phone before sending the abortion drugs through the mail.
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She is not available to help women suffering from emergency complications either, because most of her patients are in Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota and New York.
“If they need assistance, I recommend that they call the Miscarriage and Abortion Hotline during the day because I’m in clinic and I might not be able to answer the phone,” Remen told the magazine. “But if it’s after business hours, then they can just call me directly with any questions they might have. Two days after they receive their medications, I call or email them asking how things went.”
Remen said she sees about 90 abortion patients every month, and while she insisted that “telemedicine abortion is safe and reliable,” she admitted that she does not follow FDA guidelines when prescribing the abortion drugs.
The FDA recommends that the abortion drug mifepristone be used only up to 10 weeks of pregnancy (it used to be nine weeks), but Remen said she prescribes them for women up to 11 weeks. She said she is tempted to sell them up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, and even claimed “studies from overseas show abortion pills are effective up to 20 weeks.”
Remen also appears to be skirting state laws that ban mail-order abortion drugs. Texas recently banned abortion drugs from being sold through the mail to protect women and their babies, but Remen said she does not ask where patients are from.
When asked if she sees patients from Texas, she replied: “Yes. I’ve noticed patient with IDs from outside of the states I serve are asking for medication. I don’t inquire as to where they are as long as their shipping address is in a state where I’m licensed.”
Remen told the magazine that she is motivated by compassion for women. She mentioned meeting an illegal immigrant who had just given birth and was worried about being able to provide for another child. But instead of helping women overcome poverty and other struggles, Remen believes killing their unborn children is the answer.
“… lack of access to abortion not only negatively impacted individual people, but also their families and communities,” she told the magazine.
Actually, abortion is what hurts families and communities, and her practice is putting even more lives in danger.
In England, the government recently decided to stop allowing mail-order abortion drugs because women were suffering life-threatening incidents, including ruptured ectopic pregnancies and resuscitation for major hemorrhage, according to Right to Life UK.
In the United States, the FDA has linked the abortion drug to at least 24 women’s deaths and 4,000 serious complications between 2000 and 2018. However, under President Barack Obama, the FDA stopped requiring that non-fatal complications from mifepristone be reported. So the numbers almost certainly are much higher.
A study, published in December in the journal “Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology,” found a “significant” gap in reports on abortion complications from mifepristone.
Another 2021 study by the Charlotte Lozier Institute found that the rate of abortion-related emergency room visits by women taking the abortion drug increased more than 500 percent between 2002 and 2015. And 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.
Added to these physical risks is the likelihood that mail-order abortion practices like Remen’s are making it easier for abusers and sex traffickers to force abortions on their victims. Studies show a strong link between coercion, abuse and abortion, and without an in-person visit, it is even more difficult for abortionists to screen women for abuse.