By Dave Andrusko
As soon as pro-life Gov. Bobby Jindal affixes his signature, Louisiana will become the thirteenth state to rein in so-called web-cam abortions. Last Thursday the Senate passed the measure 36-2. The House had done likewise earlier on a vote of 99-3.
So-called “webcam abortions” are potentially a huge revenue stream for the abortion industry and a potent threat to the health of mothers who ingest powerful abortifacients.
The abortionist is never in the same room as the woman. He communicates with her via video conferencing. He pushes a button and a cabinet opens in front of the pregnant woman. Inside are the two-drugs that make up the RU-486 abortion technique.
There are some variations to the laws. The one in Louisiana requires the abortionist who prescribes the abortion pill to be in the same room and “in the physical presence of the pregnant woman when the drug or chemical is initially administered.”
“Medical abortion” (the term pro-abortionists employ for chemical abortions) is extremely safe,” said Vicki Sparta, president of the National Abortion Federation. “It has been safely and effectively used throughout the world and there is no reason that a doctor needs to be in the room to hand the woman the medication.”
Not so, as Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, NRLC’s director of State Legislation, explained to NRL News Today.
“These laws prevent abortion businesses such as Planned Parenthood from implementing their web-cam abortion plans, the goal of which is to increase the number of abortions in rural areas. The woman has only a brief teleconference with the abortionist and places herself in great peril. If she unknowingly has an ectopic pregnancy and it ruptures; if she comes down with a virulent infection; if she starts to hemorrhage – as hundreds of RU-486 patients have – her doctor could be hundreds of miles away.”
“The normal chemical abortion process is ordinarily so arduous, so painful, so bloody that both patients and doctors can easily fail to recognize the signs of something more dangerous. This is not good medicine, it is not good for women, and it is not good for Louisiana.”
According to an FDA report dated April 30, 2011, in the United States alone, 14 women have died since September 2000 while another 612 were hospitalized. As NRLC’s Director of Education Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon has warned repeatedly , there were also 339 cases in which blood loss was serious enough to require transfusions, according to the FDA.
In the report’s innocuous sounding title—“Post-Marketing Adverse Events in U.S. Women Who Used Mifepristone for Termination of Pregnancy”–the FDA reported 256 cases under the category “infections.” In the accompanying footnote, we learn this included very serious stuff– endometritis, pelvic inflammatory disease, and pelvic infections with sepsis (“a serious systemic infection that has spread beyond the reproductive organs”).
But 48 of these were labeled “severe infections.” The footnote explains that “severe infections generally involve death or hospital for at least 2-3 days, intravenous antibiotics for at least 24 hours, total antibiotic usage for at least 3 days, and any other physical or clinical findings, laboratory data or surgery that suggests a severe infection.”
Overall there were 2,207 “cases with any adverse event.” Those included 58 ectopic pregnancies which are extremely dangerous.