Last February, Malta weather reported: “A local service offering abortion and reproductive health counseling has received just over 200 requests for help in the first six months since its launch amid the pandemic. The family planning counseling service went live in August (2020) in response to what co-founder Dr Isabel Stabile said was “a massive increase in traffic” to Doctors for Choice, the NGO that champions reproductive rights.
Stabile, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, is quoted as saying: “On average, just over one person a day contacts us, which we think is significant given the size of our population.”
In a 34-second Facebook post from October last year, Stabile is seen promoting and urging the use of Mifepristone and Misoprostol tablets while saying: “About 90% of abortions are performed with a simple procedure using pills abortifacients Mifepristone and Misoprostol”. She had been seen saying the same thing on television, shortly before, when she had met Konrad Borg, president of Doctors for Life.
the Malta weather The report also added: “A UK-based charity offering abortion support has also reported that requests for help from women in Malta have increased since it extended its services to the island in 2019.
“The Abortion Support Network, which provides support and funding for those who need to travel to access an abortion, received 126 requests for help from Malta, up from 75 the previous year, according to founder Mara Clark Klein. “In a way, we were lucky because almost everyone who contacted us was early enough in their pregnancy to get tablets rather than having to travel,” she said. [Clark] Explain.
So we have the family planning advice service of Stabile which promotes abortion and the UK charity Abortion Support Network which provides abortion pills in Malta.
Tara Sander Lee, senior researcher and director of life sciences at the pro-life research group Charlotte Lozier Institute in the United States, reacted to a statement from Aid Access, a European company run by Rebecca Gomperts, a Dutch doctor ( who has been to Malta before), after being caught by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sending misoprostol and mifepristone, the drugs needed for medical abortion, to women in the United States -United.
The FDA then issued a cease and desist to Aid Access, ordering the group to stop prescribing and shipping the drugs to patients in the United States because they were unregulated.
UK charity Abortion Support Network provides abortion pills in Malta-Tony Mifsud
In a statement, Lee said it was “ridiculous” of Gomperts to sue the FDA, “a government agency charged with protecting the public health of women by ensuring the safety and effectiveness of any drug.”
“Far from being safe and effective, Aid Access abortion pills have been shown to be damaged and contaminated and these contaminated medications have caused serious and even fatal bacterial infections and excessive bleeding in women,” said Lee.
FDA-approved versions of medical abortion drugs have been available to US consumers since 2000, but medical abortion drugs can only be prescribed by a certified health care provider in a hospital, clinic, or practice medical. They cannot be sold online or in a retail pharmacy.
These requirements are part of an FDA risk mitigation program, REMS, used for all high-risk drugs. The letter to Aid Access stated that the FDA-approved version of mifepristone, called “Mifeprex”, falls under the REMS program because “the drug carries a risk of serious and even fatal adverse reactions, including serious infections and sometimes fatal and heavy bleeding, which may be a sign of incomplete abortion or other complications.
In an article titled “What If Our Family Planning Counseling Service Didn’t Exist?” (MaltaToday, September 22), Stabile said, “As expected, the majority of our callers requested information about abortion provision (40%) and an additional 10% regarding post-abortion medical issues such as possible side effects after mifepristone or after undergoing a surgical abortion abroad.
This is Stabile talking to women who have had abortions after using mifepristone (if and when they call FPAS) and not before. Apparently, the authorities in Malta seem to ignore what is happening in this sector.
In the meantime, Stabile seems to feel comfortable urging women in Malta, local and foreign, to receive abortion pills at home and swallow them as if they are happily swallowing tablets because of a sore throat.
Tony Mifsud is the coordinator of Malta Unborn Child Platform.
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