The Biden administration launched what it unveiled as an “action plan” in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade last week. Top of the list: increasing access to “the abortion pill” in states where abortion is banned.
But the dangerous side effects of the abortion pill are rarely reported, and the risks are very real.
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Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra calls the Supreme Court’s decision “despicable”, and he promises to use his power to “keep all options on the table”. One measure is to order federal health agencies to provide the pill if the mother’s life is in danger or in cases of rape or incest, even in states that ban it.
“Medical abortion has been approved by the FDA for years and is safe for patients,” Becerra announced at a press conference Tuesday.
This pro-life organization offers a 24/7 helpline and local crisis pregnancy options for anyone dealing with an unexpected pregnancy.
But Toni McFadden told CBN News a gripping account of her emotional and physical devastation after ending her pregnancy with the abortion pill. She now devotes her time to pro-life causes, specifically warning others not to use the abortion pill or undergo other methods of abortion.
“I was afraid my boyfriend would leave me,” she said. “I remember him saying to me, ‘You don’t want to keep it, do you? “”
Toni took the abortion pill, which actually involves two separate drugs. The first is mifepristone, which kills the baby by blocking progesterone, a hormone needed to keep the baby alive, followed a few days later by misoprostol, which causes the uterus to contract, forcing the baby out of the mother. The woman is often alone when this happens and is forced to dispose of the baby’s body herself.
“I just remember looking in the toilet and thinking I was in shock,” Toni recalled.
She immediately felt regret.
“The heartbreak of taking the life of your own child,” she said, “it changes you.”
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In addition to the emotional toll, terrible physical pain began two months later.
“I started to feel the most excruciating pains all over my body, and I went into the bathroom and there were clots of blood the size of my fists leaving my body, bleeding for hours,” Tony said. “I went through that pretty much on my own. The boyfriend I had actually broke up with me during that time as well.”
Two years later, a routine medical examination revealed further damage.
“The nurse asked me if I had ever had an abortion, and I said, ‘Yes, why did you ask me that?’ And she said because you have scar tissue,” Toni recalled.
Complications like Toni’s often go unreported.
Tessa Longbons, a senior research associate at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, told CBN News that many life advocates refer to the abortion pill, medical abortion or RU-486 as chemical abortions, and said said his organization had found the practice to be more dangerous than surgical abortions, despite the FDA’s claim that it is safe — a claim largely based on incomplete reporting data.
“Up to 95% of all abortion pill complications are not reflected in FDA data and they don’t even collect most of the data anymore. They only require death reports,” he said. she declared.
The FDA approved the abortion pill regimen in 2000 for women who are no more than 11 weeks pregnant. Last year, the FDA dropped a requirement for doctors to see patients in person before prescribing it, opening the door to a vast expansion of telemedicine abortion in which women can receive the pills by mail. .
“They are pushing for less and less medical supervision, sending the drugs by post. This can put women at risk of ectopic pregnancy rupture if they have not received the proper medical supervision and examination. proper physique before undergoing the abortion,” Longbons says. “Incomplete abortions, where pieces of the baby are left inside the woman’s uterus, are a common complication of chemical abortion, and that’s why we’ve had so many people admitted to the hospital for having to complete these abortions.”
In addition to the incomplete picture of the data surrounding complications from abortion pills, women who experience complications after taking the abortion pill and who seek medical attention in places like hospital emergency rooms do not reveal that they have attempted an abortion and instead tell doctors that they are having a miscarriage. In fact, many abortion advocates advise women who take the abortion pill and then need medical attention for a complication to do so.
“We know that induced abortions are not the same as miscarriages,” Longbons said. “They shouldn’t be treated the same, and women shouldn’t be given bad advice not to share this important information with their doctor.”
Carolyn McDonnell, JD, who is a staff attorney at Americans United for Life, told CBN News that the abortion pill is particularly dangerous using telemedicine for a number of reasons, including the inability to determine how many weeks a woman is pregnant and the inability to determine a woman’s blood type.
“If the woman has an Rh-negative blood type, she needs what’s called a RhoGAM vaccine. This prevents antibodies that could cause problems for future pregnancies,” she said. “These can cause life-threatening anemia in those babies in the future. It can cause her to lose those future pregnancies or those future children.”
Pro-life lawyers like McDonnell hope to stop providers in states where abortion is legal from prescribing and sending pills to people in states where it is not.
“When you see there’s interstate conflict, we’re going to have to go back to the courts and see how much can we protect life there,” she said. “I think most pro-life laws never criminalize the woman. The woman is the victim in this scenario.”
Instead, they would pursue actions against doctors.
“We would consider, for example, a state medical board and perhaps give it the power, through state law, to revoke the doctor’s medical license if he prescribes these abortion-inducing drugs.” , McDonnell said.
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However, that still doesn’t stop foreign doctors, like Dutch doctor Rebecca Gomperts, from prescribing the abortion pill online to women in the United States.
“I will look into his case and send my prescription to him and a pharmacy in India that can fill my prescription and then ship it from India,” Gomperts told ABC News. “I act in accordance with medical ethics guidelines and laws.”
The FDA has asked foreign doctors to stop the practice and is advising Americans to avoid taking abortion pills from other countries.
In addition to the health risks of telemedicine abortions, potential social perils accompany the practice.
“These drugs can fall into the wrong hands to coerce women into abortions they don’t want,” Longbons said. “We have seen many stories of abusive boyfriends, traffickers, getting their hands on these pills and slipping them to women who wanted to keep their pregnancies.”
Despite Toni McFadden’s devastating experience with medical abortion, she says God redeemed her.
“The same guy I had the abortion with came back nearly nine years later to apologize, and within a year of making up, I became his wife,” she said. “We were able to honor our unborn baby at our wedding, simply by acknowledging his life.”
She details her testimony in the book, Redeemed: My Post-Abortion Journey
“I’m just so grateful for the redemption that can come even from suffering,” she said.
The Abortion Pill Rescue Network offers a 24-hour helpline (877-558-0333)
This pro-life organization also offers a 24/7 helpline for women seeking pregnancy assistance.