According to the abortion industry and its supporters, medication abortions, or abortion pills, are no big deal. You go to an abortion facility, take a couple of pills, experience a little cramping, and then go about your life. There’s no pain (just “discomfort”), no regret (the baby was just a supposed “blob of cells” anyway), and no danger (abortion is allegedly “safer than childbirth”). Yet countless women have had experiences completely different from what they’ve been sold.
Vice, a pro-abortion news site, profiled women who suffered incomplete abortions after taking RU-486, another name for the abortion pill. The author, Rose Stokes, explained that she had chosen to undergo a medication abortion at nine weeks pregnant because she was told it would be less invasive than a surgical procedure. “I took the first pill (mifepristone) on that day, and came back two days later to complete the procedure, which involved inserting the second set of pills (misoprostol) into my vagina,” she recounted. “It felt like an act of self-violence. I remember walking back out into the waiting room and folding into my mom’s arms — crying with a ferocity I hadn’t experienced since childhood.”
The facility told her she would experience “mild cramping,” and that the abortion would be like a heavy period. They also said it should only last a day. “Within an hour, I had gone into full labor — I’ll spare you a long description, but: contractions, vomiting, bleeding, crying, sh****ing. It went on for hours,” she said. “My mom was incredible; I was traumatized. Somehow it made us closer.”
After a week, she was still having contractions, and when she went to the hospital, the doctor told her she had “dangerously low” blood pressure. Stokes said she spent “four hours of crying in agony” on the pregnancy unit, and had to undergo a surgical abortion, as the abortion was incomplete. “The whole ordeal left me physically and emotionally wrung out,” she said.
Stokes wasn’t alone. Another woman, who went by the name “Diana,” spoke to Vice about her similarly awful experience. Like Stokes, Diana was still bleeding a week after taking the pills, while on a family vacation. “It was just awful. I’d have a shower and look down and the floor would be red,” she said. “I’d bleed through pads at an astonishing rate and couldn’t go swimming.” On the plane ride home, things only got worse.
“The blood felt like it was gushing out of me and it soaked through my dress and onto the plane seats. It was humiliating and terrifying,” she explained. Like Stokes, the abortion hadn’t been completed, and she needed to have surgery. “I was traumatized for a long time and I ended up dropping out of school,” she explained, admitting, “I felt like I was being punished for my decision to end the pregnancy.”
Another woman, Zoe Beatty, told Vice that after taking the pills, nothing happened at all. “It was just so frustrating,” she told Stokes. “I knew I was still pregnant, I could feel it inside me, but no one would take me seriously until the clinic confirmed it via a scan two weeks later.” Like Stokes and Diana, Beatty had to undergo a surgical abortion.
Though women are repeatedly told how safe the abortion pill regimen is, but even abortionists don’t always agree. A study released earlier this year found that only 12 percent of abortionists would be willing to recommend the abortion pill to a friend. Approximately a third had seen complications firsthand, including incomplete abortions, hemorrhaging, sepsis, and uterine rupture.
Many women have also had awful experiences, describing it as a “nightmare,” “one of the most painful experiences [she’d] ever been through,” and “humiliating, painful, stressful, and virtually unbearable.” Other women have even died.
Is it really right, then, for women to constantly be told how safe and easy the abortion pill is?
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