Analysis

Suddenly, illegal abortion can be ‘safe,’ according to abortion advocates

abortion pill, COVID-19

Now that a new Texas law is prohibiting abortions once a preborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected, the mantra of the abortion industry and its allies has changed again. Prior to 1973, abortion was supposed to be “safe and legal” and then in the 1990s, the mantra was changed to “safe, legal, and rare.” But in a stunning shift, the mantra now seems to be that illegal abortion can be “safe” — according to abortion advocates who are publishing instructions on how to obtain or use dangerous abortion methods.

In order to decriminalize abortion decades ago in the U.S., abortion advocates pushed the false narrative that countless women had died from illegal abortion and would continue to die if abortion was not legalized. The purveyors of legalized abortion (primarily men, some with ties to eugenics) marketed this lie through their allies in the media to such an extent that state lawmakers literally changed their positions and voted to legalize the killing of preborn human beings.

Illegal abortions suddenly “safe”?

Renee Bracey Sherman, former NARAL board member and founder of the abortion site We Testify, called it “misinformation” to claim that all illegal abortions are “unsafe.” She told Twitter followers, “Illegal doesn’t have to mean unsafe. With medication abortion, it’s quite safe to self-manage an abortion…”

Then, in order to muddy what little data there is on abortion pill complications and deaths, in the exact same thread Sherman advised abortion patients to lie to hospital staff and claim they are experiencing a natural miscarriage rather than a chemical abortion when presenting to the emergency room.

“Remember, if someone decides to go to the ER because they’re concerned about how their self-managed abortion is progressing, they can just say they’re having a miscarriage. There’s no way to test for the medications in your system and the treatment for miscarriage is an abortion,” she tweeted.

Lying is a common theme among abortion advocates, as we will demonstrate later.

Image: Illegal abortion now safe says abortion supporter bc you go to ER claim miscarriage (Image: Twitter)

Illegal abortion now safe, says abortion supporter bc you can go to ER and claim miscarriage (Image: Twitter)

In a separate tweet this week, pro-abortion journalist Caroline Kitchener used an abortion pill complication incident for her own political agenda, confirming that taking the abortion pill is not always safe and effective.

“A doctor tells me he saw a patient yesterday whose medication abortion had failed,” she tweeted.

Quoting the doctor, she wrote, “Not only does she have to continue the pregnancy — but it’s a pregnancy that’s higher risk because of the medication she took.”

 

Image: Journalist confirms the abortion pill is not safe (Image: Twitter)

Journalist confirms the abortion pill is not safe (Image: Twitter)

“Advanced provision” of abortion pills: 

Former NARAL board member Daniel Grossman unveiled his “solution” to his Twitter followers, promoting so-called “advance provision” of abortion pills.

According to the abortionist, “Advance provision of medication abortion means giving or getting the pills (mifepristone and misoprostol) in advance of need — before an unwanted pregnancy. Patients obviously need clear information about when and how to use the pills.”

Image: Dr Daniel Grossman advocates advanced provision of abortion pill in light of Texas law 2 (Image: Twitter)

Dr Daniel Grossman advocates advanced provision of abortion pill in light of Texas law 2 (Image: Twitter)

Grossman understands abortion pills have risk, because in the same Twitter thread — almost as a way to inoculate himself from culpability — Grossman points out, “[…]there are some people who are not good candidates for advance provision, including those taking blood thinners or who have a bleeding disorder.”

Why would that be a problem? Because hemorrhage during the process of expelling the preborn child is a serious potential complication of the abortion pill regimen.

 

Grossman continues, “People who are at high risk of an ectopic pregnancy should ideally have an ultrasound before using medication abortion. So folks who have had an ectopic pregnancy in the past or who’ve had surgery on their fallopian tubes shouldn’t get advance provision.” But is a teenage girl experiencing her first pregnancy likely to know if she is at risk of an ectopic pregnancy, which can ultimately kill her? Imagine how this could play out for teenagers stockpiling abortion drugs and passing them around like candy in the halls of their schools.

The other thing that’s confusing about Grossman’s tweets is the fact that he is a proponent of “no-test” abortion, which is a protocol for dispensing the abortion pill without any diagnostic testing or in-person visit beforehand — something pro-lifers have pointed out is very risky for women.

“There are a few other rare conditions that are contraindicated for medication abortion, including chronic adrenal failure, inherited porphyria, long-term steroid therapy, or allergy to the meds,” Grossman adds. “Advance provision isn’t a good option for these folks either.”

While Grossman is already planting the idea of “advanced provision” of the deadly abortion pill regimen all over his social page, he later acknowledges, “We need research on advance provision of medication abortion pills to see if this model helps people access abortion care earlier in pregnancy and to confirm that people use the pills appropriately.”

Unregulated online abortion pill dispensaries

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), for her pro-abortion contribution, tweeted the modern day “back alley” abortion website PlanC, which promotes unregulated virtual abortion pill dispensaries. PlanC has encouraged women to purchase abortion pills from foreign websites like Aid Access, which sell them illegally. Several of these websites have received FDA warning letters or abuse complaints.

PlanC’s founders Francine Coeytaux and Victoria Nichols have promoted use of the drug misoprostol alone for abortion, something not approved by the FDA. PlanC even admits, “The pills are less effective when only misoprostol is used or when the pills are taken later in pregnancy.”

If the abortion pills fail, it can either mean that the baby is still alive, or the baby’s remains are still in the woman’s uterus and could cause an infection. In the latter case, an abortionist may recommend more pills or a follow-up surgical abortion to prevent infection.

PlanC tells women to lie when they face complications from their methods: “People who self-manage their abortions should know that if they seek help at an urgent care clinic, they do not need to report that they have used abortion pills that they purchased online.” The group previously claimed, “there is no way it can be detected in the body, even if a blood test is taken.”

Image: AOC tweets our unregulated abortion pill dispensary org PlanC (Image: Twitter)

AOC tweets our unregulated abortion pill dispensary org PlanC (Image: Twitter)

Misoprostol-only option

Only weeks ago, a 16-year-old girl in Papua New Guinea (PNG) died after purchasing misoprostol on the street, later taking it to abort her pregnancy. The drug is the second of the FDA-approved two drug regimen for abortion. It was created under the name Cytotec as an ulcer medicine. According to the maker of the drug (Searle), it was never indicated for pregnancy/abortion when it was later paired with mifepristone (formerly called RU-486) as part of the abortion pill regimen.

Searle warns the Misoprostol is not indicated for pregnancy

Searle warns the Misoprostol is not indicated for pregnancy

But that did not stop multiple advocates of abortion from pushing the Misoprostol only method, despite the potential for serious complications like incomplete abortions and death.

Among those was Salon writer and abortion enthusiast Amanda Marcotte, who tweeted that it is “easy to find information on how to abort a pregnancy safely with misoprostol, which is seriously like $50 in Mexico.” She then went on to explain how to use this unconventional and dangerous drug alone for an abortion.

Image: Amamda Marcotte tweets miso only option in Mexico for illegal abortion pill access (Image: Twitter)

Amanda Marcotte tweets miso only option in Mexico for illegal abortion pill access (Image: Twitter)

Marcotte was not alone.

Instructions on how to deceptively obtain misoprostol included a tweet claiming, “People have successfully acquired pills by telling the pharmacist their grandparent with rheumatoid arthritis is visiting and forgot their pills at home” and contacting your dog’s vet for the drug. “Misoprostol is also used to treat stomach ulcers in dogs. If you have a relationship with a local, friendly vet, you might be able to work it to your advantage!” tweeted @bpdbasedgirl.

Image: Tweets telling women to lie to get Misoprostol even from animal vets (Image: Twitter)

Tweets telling women to lie to get Misoprostol even from animal vets (Image: Twitter)

 

Image: Tweets telling women to lie to get Misoprostol for abortions (Image: Twitter)

Tweets telling women to lie to get Misoprostol for abortions (Image: Twitter)

Image: Tweets telling women to lie to get Misoprostol for abortions 2 (Image: Twitter)

Tweets telling women to lie to get Misoprostol for abortions 2 (Image: Twitter)

Placing women at potential risk has become an acceptable outcome to abortion peddlers. The industry and their supporters will say almost anything to keep the sacred cow of abortion accessible, no matter the cost to women or the death toll of human lives. In the end, if women die from their reckless advice, the blame will rest solely on them.

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