When abortion was legalized in the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, the Justices based their decision on assumptions and several misunderstandings about the procedure. One of the incorrect calculations they made continues to create turmoil to this day. Without any evidentiary record, the Justices concluded that “abortion was safer than childbirth.” This mistake led to a prohibition on health and safety regulations on abortion throughout the first trimester and permitted abortionists to regulate themselves.
The abortion industry has taken full advantage of the public health crisis the Supreme Court created by lobbying to fight any common-sense safety regulations on clinics. Planned Parenthood and its allies invest time and money to prevent laws that require facility licensing, health inspections, and admitting privileges from going into place. The latest push to expand self-managed abortions should remove any doubts that the abortion industry is neglectful of women’s safety.
Guttmacher, Planned Parenthood, and the Tara Health Foundation are just a few pro-choice groups working to remove the REMS safety requirements the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has on the abortion pill. By removing REMS regulations, then abortion pills could be ordered online or through the mail, sold in pharmacies or schools, and purchased over the counter.
Repealing these cautionary standards would leave women vulnerable to complications, such as hemorrhaging and ectopic pregnancies. A common slogan from various pro-choice organizations is that abortion is “health care.” However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Abortion advocates are attempting to de-medicalize abortion through the “no-test abortion pill protocol.” If this comes to pass, then a woman looking to take the abortion pill will have no interaction with medical personnel prior to beginning the process. Abortion facilities will be able to fully maximize their profits by dispensing the pill without any lab testing or ultrasounds to rule out early pregnancy complications. The woman will also be responsible for the disposal of her dead child’s remains.
However, the abortion pill is still dangerous even if the FDA restrictions are not repealed.
One needs to look no further than the refusal of clinics to accurately report on injuries and deaths related to abortion to determine the procedure is less than safe. In fact, most states do not even require facilities to keep track of abortion complications. Because the data on the dangers of abortion is typically only collected on a voluntary basis, the abortion industry is able to falsely claim that taking the abortion pill is “safer than Tylenol.”
Women who have taken the abortion pill have reported a different experience. Despite being told to merely expect a heavy period, women who took the abortion pill have had to endure sweating, shaking, vomiting, hemorrhaging, massive blood clots, and excessive bleeding that lasted for days or months. Some women have ended up being hospitalized and needing transfusions, while others have suffered from serious infections, such as sepsis.
A study of more than 42,000 patients by Dr. Donna Harrison of the American Association of the Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists found the abortion pill has “four times [the] risk of serious complications than surgical abortions.”
Women deserve to know the full dangers of the abortion pill, and the abortion industry needs to be held to account for frequently lowering the standards of care to prioritize profit over their patients.