Even PPFA acknowledges there are “schemes” that await women ordering abortifacients online


By Dave Andrusko

Dr. Tom Ross, who works for Planned Parenthood, demonstrates the agency's telemedicine system from an office near downtown Des Moines.   Tony Leys/The Register

Dr. Tom Ross, who works for Planned Parenthood, demonstrates the agency’s telemedicine system from an office near downtown Des Moines.
Tony Leys/The Register

“Motherlode – Living the Family Dynamic” is the name for a column that appears in the New York Times edited by KJ Dell’Antonia. “Living the Family Dynamic” also includes ending the living of living unborn family members.

Yesterday’s contribution was headlined, “Pregnant, With ‘No Plans to Have Another Baby’ and No Ready Options.” (It actually appeared on a neighborhood message board, Dell’Antonia explains, and was reprinted with the writer’s permission.)

The writer is a woman in her mid-40s with teenage children with “no plans to have another baby” but five weeks in with an “unwanted pregnancy.”

The brunt of her posting is how difficult it was to find an OB/GYN who will “do it” or even give a referral. This elicited a torrent of sympathetic responses along the lines of…well, you know the usual angry, indignant messages how this is so awful (awful, that is, that physicians, for whatever reason, want no part of aborting a baby).

The graphic that accompanies the column, of course, is of webcam abortions, where the abortionist is never in the same room as the woman. Using teleconferencing, he opens a drawer by remote control and she takes out the abortifacients.

Pro-lifers concerned about both the unborn child and her mother, joined by medical professionals, have moved to pass laws or rules requiring that the abortionist at least be there when she takes possession of the two-drug combination. Naturally, this is under furious attack by the abortion industry.

An abortionist can “terminate” any number of women all over a state and never leave the comfort of his own office. Never mind that women have died using this potential chemical cocktail. He’s made a small fortune.

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So where does this woman go? Dell’Antonia does a promo for the websites of Planned Parenthood and prochoice.org, “both of which offer location-based listings of providers offering safe abortion services or nonjudgmental advice about the decision to terminate a pregnancy or continue it.” (Yah, right.)

She interviews Dr. Vanessa Cullins, vice president of external medical affairs for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, who laments “what’s going on in terms of restricting access to abortion.”

In addition to offering the two abortion websites, Cullins takes a gratuitous slap at pro-life women-helping centers. Not exactly surprising that a PPFA operative would bash organizations that offer alternatives to abortion.

Somewhat surprising is this paraphrase of Cullins’ counsel. “Women may also find links to organizations purporting to offer online prescriptions for medical abortions. Schemes abound, and even assuming that the medication delivered is genuine, there are real legal risks.”

Why surprising? Granted, PPFA is the epitome of the Abortion Establishment, so they tend to be a little more cautious. But there is increasing pressure within and among abortion advocates for women to go online to secure abortifacients.

This is typically framed as a response to limits placed on “abortion access,” but in fact it more often is the gibberish that women are “empowered” when they self-abort. That they get drugs from who knows where with all the attendant risks just gets pooh-poohed.

“Schemes abound”? Good to hear PPFA admit the obvious.