WHAT seemed unthinkable only a few years ago, is a common practice today. Could we have imagined a do-it-yourself abortion? A world where a pregnant woman can impetuously choose to terminate the life of her unborn child without so much as a clinic visit? And the abortion happens at home? Let’s take a closer look.
The medication RU-486, or mifepristone, was developed by the French pharmaceutical company Roussel-Uclaf in 1980. After being widely used across Europe, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it for use in the United States in September 2000.
The abortion industry claims that mifepristone – commonly known as Mifeprex – blocks the hormones to the pregnancy, which is a nice way of saying that it will kill your baby.
It is used in combination with the medication Misoprostol, taken at home, which begins the contractions. Barring complications, the grisly process of the delivery of a deceased baby happens at home. Alone. This is a known as a chemical or medication abortion.
As a longtime manager of a Planned Parenthood facility, I saw first-hand the devastation caused by all abortions, but especially chemical abortions. The affiliate I worked for, Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa, began the barbaric procedure in 2007, after completing clinical trials for the FDA.
Staff describe chemical abortions as a quick fix to a big problem. A woman can find out she is pregnant and begin the abortion process in one short visit. The baby is typically described as tissue, clots, or just a heavy period.
Many women would actually see their tiny baby during the abortion process, with some mothers returning to the clinic with the foetus in a zip-lock bag.
Next came webcam abortion – a chemical abortion done with no doctor on site. Non-medical, entry-level staff are trained in just one day to perform an invasive vaginal ultrasound.
The image of the baby is scanned to an abortionist. If it is determined that the baby is 70 days old or less, the doctor can push a button on her computer screen which opens a drawer in front of the woman. The doctor watches as the woman takes the Mifeprex. And so begins the chemical abortion, without ever having a doctor visit.
Then we were hit by the Covid pandemic and the abortion industry used the worldwide crisis to market its deadly procedure.
Suddenly, instead of the very basic requirement of an ultrasound, a woman can just download ‘the abortion app’ on her phone. Via the app, she can talk to clinic staff and share info about how far along she is in the pregnancy. If staff determine she is within their parameters, they mail the pills overnight to her.
The abortion pill is expensive, costing the same as most first-trimester surgical abortions. This results in great gain for each clinic.
Surgical abortions involve considerable overheads – the abortionist and staff typically travel to centres as needed, and expensive equipment is required for surgical terminations. Abortion facilities often have prayer groups gathering outside, which greatly reduces their patient flow.
But with chemical abortions by mail, there are very little overheads for the clinic. Abortion-by-mail is a huge moneymaker for the abortion industry and clinics push hard to sell it. By marketing this type of procedure, the industry profits off vulnerable individuals without assessing their physical, emotional or mental health.
Abortion supporters tout it as a convenient and widely available way to terminate a pregnancy. It requires no travel and is very private. Surgical abortions, they argue, are cumbersome, requiring at least two clinic visits, travel to a facility and the actual invasive and painful surgery.
What they neglect to report is the devastation left in its trail. It is not an easy process for most women, with many users reporting excessive haemorrhaging, painful cramping and longer than expected recovery days. There is also considerable risk of incomplete abortion, which would necessitate a surgical abortion.
Chemical abortions are quickly spreading. Dispensing the deadly combination of pills is as easy as mailing a package. I know from working in the abortion industry that remorse is nearly instant for many women. They turn to the abortion pills as a quick fix with little thought as to the outcome.
Thankfully, most places now offer the abortion pill reversal, which is medication that can be taken after the Mifeprex if a woman changes her mind. The sooner it is taken, the more successful it is at saving the life of the baby.
France started chemical abortions. Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa, where I was a manager, brought webcam abortion to Iowa and it has spread from there. Covid-19 brought the boldness of the abortion industry to throw all caution to the wind and freely dispense abortion by mail.
Fighting this scourge will take all of us, speaking the truth and standing up for life.