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Just 12 percent of abortionists would recommend the abortion pill to friends

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A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal “Contraception” raises questions about medication abortions. The abortion industry and its advocates repeatedly insist that abortion pills are safe, even safe enough to take at home without a doctor’s supervision — but what do the abortionists dispensing the pill think?

The study examined what abortionists thought of taking the abortion pill at home, euphemistically phrased as “self-managed” abortion. Disturbingly, over half of the approximately 350 abortionists said they feel that the number of at-home abortions has risen, and roughly a third had witnessed complications firsthand, including incomplete abortions, hemorrhaging, sepsis, and uterine rupture. Despite this, over half of abortionists still said they believe the abortion pill regimen, known as RU-486, is safe for women to take at home.

Secular Pro-Life shared a graphic on Facebook further delving into the study results, pointing out that while over half of the abortionists said RU-486 is safe for women to take at home, just 12 percent said they would recommend it to a friend who wanted to have an abortion.

 

A medication abortion begins when a woman first takes mifepristone, which blocks the hormone progesterone from reaching her uterus and giving the baby nourishment, effectively starving the baby to death. One to two days later, she takes the second pill, misoprostol, which causes her uterus to begin contracting and expel the body of her baby.

READ: Five Malaysian women dead from ‘DIY’ abortions using pills bought online

There are numerous side effects that women routinely experience, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Women who have gone through medication abortions have described it in much more severe terms, though — calling it a “nightmare,” “one of the most painful experiences [she’d] ever been through,” and “humiliating, painful, stressful, and virtually unbearable.” Some women have even died.


It’s telling that hundreds of abortionists have personally seen complications from patients who self-administered the RU-486 regimen. Secular Pro-Life shared on Facebook:

When asked their top three concerns regarding self-managed abortion, the greatest concern that respondents noted is the possibility of missed or delayed diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy (72.1%), followed by underestimation of gestational age (68.3%) and women not accessing other in-clinic services such as contraception and sexually transmitted infection testing (55.2%). The risk of incomplete abortion (37.8%) or retained products of conception (14.7%), possible anomalies with ongoing pregnancy (14.4%), and legal issues for women (27.6%) were of less concern.

One of the biggest dangers when it comes to medication abortions is an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy, or incorrect dating of the pregnancy, which is likely why abortionists would not recommend that their personal friends or family members give themselves abortion pills without a doctor’s supervision. Then why on earth would they still recommend it for women they aren’t friends with?

Women are told they can trust abortionists, and that they only have their best interests in mind. But if that is true, then what should women make of this study and the seeming contradictory attitude abortionists have towards medication abortions?

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