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Pro-abortion writer ignores deaths and injuries from medication abortion but not how painful they are

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It is a common tactic among those who advocate chemical abortions, also known as medication abortions, to inform and reassure women that the two-drug technique is safe. However, they often fail to mention that the procedure can be extremely painful.

In a recent article for The 19th, Shefali Luthra provides a comprehensive overview of the various options available for pregnancy termination. She notes that medication abortion offers a safe and effective alternative, which can be taken at home.

In essence, this is what makes medication abortions so appealing. Furthermore, this assertion is demonstrably false.

The use of chemical abortion carries a risk of causing genuine harm to women. Paul Stark, the Communications Director for Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, wrote:

A large Finnish study found that chemical abortions caused ‘adverse events’ in 20 per cent of cases – almost four times the rate of immediate complications of early surgical abortions. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Chemical abortions take longer than surgical abortions. 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 the expected symptoms are very similar.

The FDA reports 26 deaths of women in the US (and thousands of other complications) related to chemical abortion, and inadequate US reporting requirements mean that some complications go unreported.

However, it is important to note that Luthra does acknowledge the significant distress experienced by many women.

[Salazar took the pills and her pregnancy was terminated. Years later, she has no regrets. She just wishes someone had warned her about the “intense pain” she would feel.

“I was not prepared for how much pain I was going to have,” Salazar said. “I went through a lot of physical pain. I was nauseous all the time.”

And then

Soon after she took the pills, the cramps started. She knew she had to go to the toilet, but Emma could barely walk because of the pain. Her boyfriend had to come back to physically guide her to the toilet.

Two hours of blood and cramping later, she thought she was done. But a week and a half later, she was still feeling nauseous and exhausted. So she had another pregnancy test. It was still positive.

And then

But even if the pills are safe, the experience is different for everyone. For some, the pain is similar to menstrual cramps. For others, it can be excruciating – and difficult to manage without the support of a nurse or doctor. Some patients even go to A&E just to make sure everything is all right. …

And then

“There is a lot of bleeding and cramping, and some people get scared. It’s a natural reaction,” says Ushma Upadhyay, an associate professor at the University of California San Francisco who has studied self-induced abortion. “When there’s so much bleeding, you want to make sure everything is going as expected.”

And then, finally,

“It’s extremely difficult,” said Emma in Texas, who has had several medication abortions. She gave only her first name because Texas law bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. “It will become more and more the only option for people in certain communities. We want people not to be so afraid of the pain that they carry on with an unwanted pregnancy. But we want to be realistic about what they will experience.

It has been reported that a significant number of women purchased their pills from overseas. It is evident that these individuals are unaware of the significant risks associated with these drugs. Furthermore, there is the issue of women taking medication abortion pills outside the healthcare system, which is likely to become more common in a post-Roe world.

It’s still safe and effective. But those medical supports – a doctor’s advice, prescription painkillers if needed, and the prospect of emergency care if needed – are harder to come by, although there are anonymous medical hotlines for people who use medication abortion on their own.

From these accounts, we can conclude that it is of the utmost importance for women to meet the abortionist in person, a precaution that these women took great pains to avoid.


Daniel Miller is responsible for nearly all of National Right to Life News' political writing.

With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Daniel Miller developed a deep obsession with U.S. politics that has never let go of the political scientist. Whether it's the election of Joe Biden, the midterm elections in Congress, the abortion rights debate in the Supreme Court or the mudslinging in the primaries - Daniel Miller is happy to stay up late for you.

Daniel was born and raised in New York. After living in China, working for a news agency and another stint at a major news network, he now lives in Arizona with his two daughters.

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