Analysis

Texas law limiting abortion pill use to first seven weeks of pregnancy now in effect

Texas

On Thursday, a new Texas law went into effect restricting the use of the abortion pill to the first seven weeks of pregnancy, and prohibiting the shipping of abortion pills through the mail.

Senate Bill 4 was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in September, and supporters say that the law will protect women. The abortion pill regimen is known to be four times more dangerous for women than a first-trimester surgical abortion, though the abortion industry continues to mislead women about its safety.

The law states that “a manufacturer, supplier, physician, or any other person may not provide to a patient any abortion-inducing drug by courier, delivery or mail service.” In addition, before the abortion-inducing drug is given to a woman, the abortionist must examine her in person, verify that she is pregnant, and document in her medical records the gestational age and intrauterine location of the preborn child to ensure an ectopic pregnancy has not occurred, which could cause severe hemorrhaging and death if the woman were to take the abortion pill.

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The abortionist must also check the woman’s blood type, and if she is Rh-negative, the doctor must offer to administer Rh immunoglobulin at the time of the abortion in order to prevent Rh complications, including miscarriages in future pregnancies. The preborn child must not be more than 49 days in gestational age, and the abortionist must schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure that the abortion was complete. The abortion pill carries a risk of incomplete abortion that can cause infection and death for the mother — and the further along in pregnancy, the greater the risk to the mother.

Some abortion supporters believe the law will cause women to seek abortion elsewhere without proper supervision; however, online abortion pill providers, like AidAccess, are already supplying women with the abortion pill without a doctor’s visit. One European doctor, for example, is sending the abortion pill from manufacturers in India to women in Texas. There is no way to verify 1) how far along the woman is, 2) if the medication she is taking is what she thinks it is, 2) if she has an ectopic pregnancy, 3) if she actually wants an abortion or is being coerced, or 4) if the person purchasing the abortion pill intends to use it on an unsuspecting woman who does not want an abortion.

Anyone who provides any drug of any kind to an individual should be aware of the person’s health status, including allergies, medical conditions, or medications in order to avoid negative drug interactions. Blindly shipping the abortion pill to women is dangerous and can be deadly — not just for the child, but for the mother as well.

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