A pro-life doctor interviews the European org. ship abortion pills
As doctors in Europe continue to ship abortion pills to Americans as some states ban the drug after the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe vs. Wade last month a pro-life doctor warned that mailing from abroad is a “dangerous” way to distribute the drug.
Dr Donna Harrison, CEO of the pro-life American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which has 6,000 members, raised concerns as a group called Aid Access scrambled to provide chemical abortion pills to United States for four years and vow to continue to do so. .
Since the Supreme Court overturneddeer last month, concluding that there is no constitutional right to abortion and referring the matter to the states, Aid Access reported that it was receiving 4,000 requests a day for abortion pills, compared to 600-700 a day .
In an interview with The Christian Post, Harrison said that by ordering the pills online, women may not know exactly where their pregnancy is, which means there is a lack of informed consent.
The doctor also noted that about one in 50 pregnancies in the United States end in an ectopic pregnancy, a life-threatening condition where the embryo implants outside the uterus. According to the Cleveland Clinic, side effects of taking the abortion pill can include heavy and painful bleeding.
Chemical abortions require patients to take two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. The drugs are FDA-approved to terminate pregnancy up to 10 weeks gestation.
“The symptoms of a Mifeprex abortion are exactly the same as those of a ruptured ectopic pregnancy,” Harrison said.
“So a woman who has pain and bleeding will go on the internet, say, ‘Oh, yes, I should expect pain and bleeding from this operation,’ not knowing that she has a ruptured pregnancy. ectopic, then she dies of an internal hemorrhage.”
Aid Access is led by Dutch physician Dr Rebecca Gompers, who founded the organization in 2018. The organization consists of four doctors overseeing a team of around 10 medical staff.
Potential patients visit the Aid Access website and answer a series of questions, such as the status of their pregnancy and if someone is forcing them to have an abortion. The medical team then sends a prescription for the abortion pill to the pharmacy.
As NBC reported, it has been difficult for US authorities to stop Aid Access from sending abortion pills, even to states with strict abortion laws, because the organization operates outside the country. and ship pills from India.
“We will continue to serve women in need. We are not going to stop,” Gompers said in a statement. “We are again increasing our capacity, in order to be able to respond to all the requests that we receive.”
In 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to Aid Access asking it to “immediately stop bringing these offending drugs into U.S. commerce.”
“By facilitating the sale of unapproved mifepristone and misoprostol to consumers in the United States, Aidaccess.org is causing new, unapproved drugs to enter U.S. commerce in violation of FD&C law,” the letter states.
“These drugs are also new drugs…because they are generally not recognized as safe and effective for their labeled use. New drugs cannot be legally introduced or tendered for interstate commerce without prior approval from the FDA.”
Harrison, an assistant professor at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, believes distributing abortion pills online is a “dangerous” way to administer such a drug.
With chemical abortion pills being available online, Harrison also said it could be easy for a boyfriend or even a sex trafficker to order them and force women to have chemical abortions without their consent.
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, promotes chemical abortion as “really safe and effective” on its website, saying millions of people have used it safely. The organization maintains that complications after an abortion are rare and usually occur in special circumstances, such as a woman ending a pregnancy for health reasons or if she has a history of mental health problems.
Other sources, however, have questioned the validity of available data on abortion pill complications.
A peer-reviewed study published in May by the pro-life research organization Charlotte Lozier Institute, which Harrison co-authored, suggests that several cases of complications from the abortion pill have been mislabeled as miscarriages.
The study consisted of a 17-year longitudinal analysis of 423,000 confirmed abortions and 121,283 confirmed subsequent visits to an emergency room within 30 days of the abortion. The researchers assessed women over the age of 13 with at least one identifiable pregnancy between 1999 and 2015.
According to the study, “Of women with miscoded abortion pill complications who were admitted to hospital, 86% required surgery to [retained products of conception]The rate was 2.5 times higher than that of women who had surgical abortions and were incorrectly coded as miscarriage patients.
A 2009 study titled “Immediate Complications of Medical Termination Versus Surgical Termination of Pregnancy” claims that the need for emergency surgery to complete the abortion in women taking Mifeprex before nine weeks of pregnancy is four times higher than the risk of surgical abortion.