The role of “medication abortion” in a post-Roe world as seen by the abortion industry

By Dave Andrusko

Guttmacher Institute which functions as the think tank for the Abortion Industry, estimates that 54% of abortions are now chemically induced. “The availability of online ordering for abortion pills and shipping them by mail has fundamentally altered American women’s rights,” Carol E. Lee, Peter Nicholas, Kristen Welker, and Courtney Kube write for TIME magazine. “In part because of this convenience, abortion pills—also known as medication abortion—are now the most common method of ending a pregnancy in the U.S.”

The headline for their article is “Inside the Effort to Expand Abortion Pill Access.”

“Advocates for abortion rights say there are still many obstacles to accessing the drugs,” TIME writes. “Due to a complicated patchwork of legal and regulatory hurdles in different states, combined with societal issues such as poverty and a lack of internet access, many would-be patients either have never heard of abortion pills, or don’t know where to get them, how to take them safely, and whether they’re legal.” If so—and it likely is NOT so—it’s not for want of trying by publications such as TIME.

With speculation that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade rampant, pro-abortion outlets and sympathetic media are increasing offering tips how to circumvent the provisions of 19 states which prohibit telemedicine. The article in TIME gives an overview of how women would access the “abortion pill.”

It’s a long piece. Here are just a few points to remember.

“Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in which conservative states made some brick and mortar clinics temporarily shut down, access to telehealth increased,” according to the article. “The FDA’s April 2021 decision to remove restrictions from mailing abortion pills in the midst of the pandemic was another major factor. It extended this policy indefinitely in December.”

Chalk one more up to the militantly pro-abortion Biden/Harris administration.

“While medication abortion is not yet illegal in any state other than Oklahoma which just passed a law banning all abortion from the moment of ‘fertilization,’ legislators in 22 states have introduced a flurry of new bills since January that would severely restrict access to or outright ban abortion pills. Numerous states already have laws that require the doctor who prescribes the abortion pills to be present at the time they are given.”

We have written about this countless times. Women need to be seen by a doctor. Chemical abortion risks genuine harm to women. Paul Stark, Communications Director for Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, wrote

A large Finnish study found that chemical abortions produced “adverse events” in 20 percent of cases—almost four times the rate of immediate complications as early surgical abortions. That shouldn’t be surprising. Chemical abortions take longer than surgical ones. They cause more blood loss. They have a significant failure rate and can lead to infection. And, in some cases, they mask the presence of a deadly ectopic pregnancy because their expected symptoms are very similar.

The FDA reports 26 deaths of women in the U.S. (and thousands of other complications) connected to chemical abortion, and the inadequacies of U.S. reporting requirements mean that some complications go unreported.

There is a subhead: “Patient and healthcare staff should be made aware of the dangers associated with abortion pills.” Okay, a token paragraph of two about “medication” abortion inherent dangers, right? Only there is nothing—nothing— that follows that outlines the “dangers associated with abortion pills.”

Those wishing more detail and scientific references can check National Right to Life’s new fact sheet, “Mifepristone: Safety & Efficacy,” which has a special section devoted to the effort to promote online do-it-yourself and mail-order abortions.”

The story goes into depth about how to avoid detection in states where women are required to see a physician first:

Some patients worry about the scrutiny of law enforcement and health care officials. Other patients fear that friends or family members might take steps to prevent them from getting an abortion. [Leah] Coplon explains that because the outcome of a medication abortion looks exactly like a miscarriage, and can be treated as such in a health care setting, patients don’t have to tell anyone they have taken the pills.

This contradicts advice the FDA gives women (and is still on the books) telling them that they need to inform these doctors if they have so that they can be effectively treated. 

One other point: the role of “Big Tech”:

Google has banned abortion-related advertisements in other countries, such as Poland and Saudi Arabia. Some social media posts are also not allowed in these places. It’s unclear how tech companies will handle ads in the U.S. if some states outlaw abortion entirely, as they’re widely expected to do. An alliance of providers and groups representing abortion rights will meet in June at a conference on digital rights to discuss strategies and to develop their list of recommendations for Big Tech companies to improve the way they navigate social media. 

This is an article you will want to read.