Since the retirement of the only abortionist in Guam nearly three years ago, no other doctor has been willing to commit abortions on the island. This January, two Hawaii-based abortionists — Shandhini Raidoo and Bliss Kaneshiro — with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued Attorney General Leevin Camacho, the Guam Medical Examiners Board, the director of the Department of Public Health and Social Services, and the Commission on the Healing Arts of Guam over two specific laws in Guam. Each of those laws prevents the administration of the abortion pill via telemedicine from doctors in Hawaii to women in Guam.
The first law states that abortions can only be “performed” by a doctor in a clinical setting. However, it does not define what “perform” means in terms of the law. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires that the abortion pill (mifepristone) be dispensed by a certified provider in a clinic, hospital, or medical office because of the health risks that the abortion pill regimen can cause. Research has shown that the abortion pill is four times more dangerous for women than first-trimester surgical abortion. For a doctor who is 4,000 miles away to dispense it via telemedicine is dangerous and reveals the Hawaii abortionists’ and ACLU’s disrespect for the health and safety of women in Guam. A woman thousands of miles away could take the abortion pill without knowing that she has an ectopic pregnancy because she did not see the abortionist prior to taking the abortion pill, putting her life at risk.
The second law that the ACLU is disputing requires that abortion pill information be given to patients by a doctor in person. That is impossible if the patient is in Guam and the abortionist is in Hawaii unless the abortionists arranged for a doctor in Guam to relay the information in person. The ACLU argues that this would force the patient to make a special trip to a health care provider. Since 2018, between five and 10 women have flown from Guam to Hawaii for abortions, according to Pacific News Daily. The ACLU argues that this costs women too much money.
“If access to abortion in Guam is not restored, some Guamanians and [military] service members will simply be unable to overcome these logistical and financial obstacles and will be forced to carry their pregnancies to term against their will or may use unsafe methods to attempt to terminate their pregnancies,” reads the lawsuit.
What the ACLU is failing to mention, however, is that results from the pro-abortion Turnaway Study show that the majority of women who are denied an abortion are happy that they were “forced to carry their pregnancies to term against their will,” as the ACLU phrases it. After giving birth to the baby they had wanted to abort, 88% of women reported that they no longer wished that they had the abortion. By the time their child turned one, that number rose to 93%. And five years after being denied an abortion, 96% of women no longer wish they had had that abortion.
This lawsuit isn’t about helping women, but about increasing the income of abortionists on the islands of Hawaii.
Abortion is not health care and does nothing to ensure a woman is safe or healthy. Abortion is not medically necessary and deliberately targeting a preborn child for death is never needed to save a woman’s life.
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