EXPOSED: Massive conflicts of interest found in new abortion pill study
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EXPOSED: Massive conflicts of interest found in new abortion pill study

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Abortion industry insiders insist that there is a large public interest in expanding distribution of the abortion pill by lifting safety requirements for the drug regimen. Now, right on cue, a study done by abortion industry insiders and funded by a large investor of the abortion pill’s manufacturer purports to show that women want “alternative models” for obtaining the abortion pill. But the move is anything but organic and is being strategically driven by abortion industry insiders.

Published by the Journal Contraception, the study claims that women support obtaining abortion pills “(1) in advance from a doctor for future use, (2) over-the-counter (OTC) from a drugstore and (3) online without a prescription.” But there is more beneath the surface at play here. Not only are the Journal and its authors deeply embedded in the abortion industry, but the funding for this study also came from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a major investor in Danco, the manufacturer of the abortion pill.

In 1998, according to reports, Packard seeded Danco with $10 million, and Packard also currently funds Gynuity Health Projects, which conducts abortion pill clinical trials. Packard’s investment in Danco included a $14 million loan as early as 1996 to bring the drug to the US, as well as additional grants made in 2000, 2004, and 2009. And yet, the Journal claims there are no conflicts of interest.

Image: Packard Foundation self managed abortion pill study (Image: 2018 study from Journal Contraception)

Packard Foundation self managed abortion pill study (Image: 2018 study from Journal Contraception)

Additional investors in Danco include George Soros (Open Society), Warren Buffet (Buffet Foundation) and the California-based Kaiser Family Foundation.

Image: Packard Foundation invested in abortion pill manufacturer DANCO (Image: David and Lucile Packard Foundation )

Packard Foundation invested in abortion pill manufacturer DANCO (Image: David and Lucile Packard Foundation )

READ: Abortion industry’s own study predictably claims abortion laws not needed

Journal Contraception  

Authors

Image: Author Sarah Raifman Tweet June 2018 SB320 (Image: Twitter)

Author Sarah Raifman Tweet June 2018 SB320 (Image: Twitter)

  • Author Diana G. Foster is another ANSIRH staffer who opposes late-term abortion restrictions. She sits on the board of the Later Abortion Initiative (LAI), a group with the mission of “increas[ing] the number of sites where later abortion is available” and “expand[ing] the number of physicians who can perform later abortion, especially at 20 weeks’ gestation and beyond.” Foster has been applauded by the abortion advocacy group, NARAL.
Image: Author Diana G Foster applauded by NARAL (Image: Tweeter)

Author Diana G Foster applauded by NARAL (Image: Tweeter)

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The abortion pill regimen, RU486, is made up of two drugs: Misoprostol and Mifeprex. This regimen is currently regulated by the FDA under a system known as REMS. As Live Action News previously explained, taking the abortion pill regimen isn’t just a simple thing — if a woman is too far along or if her pregnancy is ectopic, these factors put women at additional risk. There have been 22 reported deaths and thousands of hospitalizations since the abortion pill’s approval in 2000.

Live Action News has previously documented how:

  • Abortion insiders brought RU486 to the US.
  • Abortion insiders are conducting clinical trials for “home-use” and “self managed” abortions.
  • Abortion insiders collaborated to push “home use” abortions.
  • Abortion insiders recently coordinated a Tweetfest to promote “self-managed” abortions.
  • And now, abortion insiders conveniently roll out a study claiming women support “alternative models of medication abortion provision.”

Despite the clear conflicts of interest surrounding this study about the abortion pill, it and other studies like it are likely to go unchallenged by the mainstream media, just as abortion industry leader Planned Parenthood’s claims continue to go unchallenged. This does a grave disservice to women.

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