Communications Department

Unfettered Access to Abortion Pills Means Open Season on Unborn Babies

Nov 15, 2022 | 2022 Press Releases, Press Releases, Press Room

WASHINGTON — Increasingly, pro-abortion groups and their allies are taking aim at making abortion drugs, including mifepristone and misoprostol, readily available to women through mail order and third-party websites. In doing so, they are creating opportunities for unscrupulous persons to force abortions on women.

“Anyone with a credit card and a mailing address can order abortion-inducing drugs,” stated Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “This can put a woman and her unborn child at the mercy of someone who doesn’t want the woman to carry her baby to term.”

Multiple news accounts have reported numerous women have been the victims of schemes to cause abortions. In these accounts, women have had abortion-inducing drugs slipped into food or drink that have caused the loss of their unborn child.

A March 2022 poll commissioned by the BBC in the UK found that 5% of women ages 18-24 and 4% of women ages 25-34 were given “something (tablets/substance) to cause an abortion” without their consent.

Drugs such as mifepristone have well-known, documented dangers. When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved mifepristone as an abortion method, restrictions were put in place because women face potentially life-threatening complications that have been associated with the use of the drug. An FDA record of nearly two dozen deaths and thousands of complications, including “adverse events” such as serious infections, severe hemorrhage, and the rupture of previously undiscovered ectopic pregnancies, has proved that the restrictions are necessary to protect women.

Readily available abortion drugs place women at risk not only from a dangerous abortion method that they themselves may use but also from those who would seek to harm them and their unborn baby by forcing an abortion using the same drugs.

Despite these dangers, abortion advocates and their allies are pushing to make abortion-inducing drugs such as mifepristone and misoprostol as common as aspirin—and as profitable.

“Pro-abortion groups don’t care about women,” stated Tobias. “They care about the massive amounts of money they can make from them.”

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of affiliates in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.