University of Hawaii Recruiting 14-Year Olds for Abortion Bleeding Study

By Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D., NRL Director of Education & Research

university-of-hawaiireMaybe you already knew, but the abortion industry and their academic allies are conducting research on abortion all the time. They are looking for methods that work that kill unborn babies later in pregnancy, have fewer complications, and which require less specialized skills, opening the way for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses to perform abortions .

To that end they tinker with dosages to increase “effectiveness” or reduce side effects. They also try to find formulas that will allow then to chemically abort older babies, test out new abortifacients, conduct studies to “prove” their latest innovation (e.g., the web-cam abortion, nurses performing surgical abortions, etc.) is “safe.”

Now, it looks like they’ve taken things a step over the edge.

The University of Hawaii announced a study on the National Institute of Health’s website ClinicalTrials.gov to investigate ways to control the bleeding of D&E abortions performed between 18 and 24 weeks.

Oh, and the trials are open to women as old as 50…and as young as 14!

The official name of the study is “Effects of Oxytocin on Bleeding Outcomes During Dilation and Evacuation.” We learn that 166 women, ages 14-50, carrying a child with either “fetal anomaly” or “intrauterine fetal demise” who are requesting “pregnancy termination” are being recruited by the University of Hawaii or the University of Washington.

Researchers are seeking to determine whether the intravenous administration of oxytocin during the surgical abortion procedure does better at decreasing blood loss than does a placebo. The trial was scheduled to have started in October 2014 and is expected to be completed in July of 2015. No results had been posted to the ClinicalTrials.gov website as of this morning.

There is no indication in the study description as to whether women obtaining these abortions are charged for them. However patients in clinical trials often get their “treatment” for free and may even be paid for their participation.

The existence of such a study in modern America may surprise a few people who have been told that abortions performed this late in pregnancy are both rare and safe. Yet that the study is being done is an indication that there is still a serious medical risk involved in these abortions. That they expect to be able to recruit 166 women meeting study conditions in two states in such a short window of time tells us that there may be more of these late abortions than many people think.

It may also shock folks to find that the abortion industry would actively recruit teens as young as 14 year old to participate in clinical trials testing abortion methods, and to learn that those teens may not even need to tell their parents. But these are kinds of people who are involved in abortion.

The study description does not go into detail about the procedure, but medical texts describe a chilling and frightening process that takes place over several days.

In the usual dilation and evacuation abortion, the abortionist will widen the vaginal opening with a speculum, grab the cervix with a tenaculum (a gripping tool), and insert an osmotic dilator into the cervix which will swell over the 24 hours to allow insertion of the surgical instruments. (Osmotic dilators are often thin rods made of seaweed.)

Chemical ripening agents such misoprostol may be given to soften the cervix and drugs like digoxin or potassium chloride may be administered intra-amniotically or injected into the heart to hasten the child’s death. Details are lacking as to whether researchers will use any of these drugs to facilitate the surgery or to kill the child before the abortion.

One or two days later, the abortionist will again use the speculum and tenaculum to gain access to the cervix, where he will remove the dilator and insert forceps into the uterus which will be used to grasp and tear off parts of the child’s body. Owing to size and hardness of child’s skull, the abortionist may crush the child’s head to facilitate its removal. If not carefully removed, sharp edges of the bones may cause cervical laceration.

To confirm completion, the abortionist examines the removed fetal parts to insure that none of the baby’s remains have been left behind.

Bleeding from these procedures may be profuse. This is apparently the reason for the study, to see if there are ways to reduce blood loss. Normally, certain uterotonic agents may be given to prevent hemorrhage, but it is unclear whether those would be customarily employed in this study or whether the oxytocin (or the placebo) are to be the only measures to control bleeding.

Researchers recommend that potential participants talk with their “doctor and family members or friends” about deciding to join the study. But it is worth noting that the study is being conducted in two states where there are no laws mandating parental involvement–that is, the requirement that at least one parent be informed of a minor’s intention, or give their consent.

The whole thing tells you all you need to know about the abortion industry’s priorities and values.