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The Abortion Industry’s Chemical Warfare on Unborn Children

by | Apr 13, 2021

By Carol Tobias, President

Editor’s note.  The President’s column appears on page three of the new digital edition of National Right to Life News ( Please share its entire contents with your pro-life family and friends. Please send your comments to me at

In 2000, as pro-abortion President Bill Clinton’s time in office was coming to a close, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the distribution and use of RU-486 in the United States. RU-486, also known as mifepristone, is one of the two drugs used in early-pregnancy chemical abortions. Because of the risks to women associated with its use–including serious complications and even death–rules were put in place as to how it was to be administered.

In 2007, the FDA was given authority to place “REMS” on certain drugs.  As the FDA website reads, “A Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) is a drug safety program that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can require for certain medications with serious safety concerns to help ensure the benefits of the medication outweigh its risks… While all medications have labeling that informs health care stakeholders about medication risks, only a few medications require a REMS.” [Emphasis added.]

To the chagrin of Planned Parenthood, Mifepristone was placed on that REMS list because of the potential danger it poses to pregnant women.

In 2016, during the last year of pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s second administration, under pressure from the abortion industry, the FDA loosened its rules to allow greater and wider access to the drug.  

Now, with President Joe Biden’s appointment of Xavier Becerra as director of the Health and Human Services department, we are likely to see increased pressure to lift the REMS entirely from mifepristone, removing even the few but important limits that do exist.

As former California Attorney General, Becerra was a leader among pro-abortion Attorneys General requesting the FDA to lift the restrictions.  

Chemical abortions, or “medication” abortions as the abortion industry calls them, account for approximately 40% of all abortions in the U.S.  If the current restrictions are lifted, we are likely to see that percent greatly increase.

There is one critical new development that goes hand in hand with the growing use of “medication” abortions:  the increased promotion and performance of telemedicine or “Do-It-Yourself” abortions. 

Over the years, abortion facilities began to meet with abortion-minded women via the internet (“telemedicine”), meaning the abortionist and the woman were never in the same room. NRLC and its state affiliates responded by passing legislation in several states to require the abortionist to examine the patient in-person before the abortion drug is prescribed.

As the number of abortionists decreased, due to retirement (because of age, scandal, lack of business, etc.) and lack of interest among newer doctors, the abortion industry began to push harder for reduced standards of care for pregnant women.  

Their efforts now are geared toward making it as easy as possible for pregnant women to obtain the abortion pills by sending them to her through the mail so she may perform what is largely a do-it-yourself abortion at home.

As Randall K. O’Bannon, PHD, NRLC’s Director of Education & Research has so clearly stated, “This proves once again how that ‘women’s health’ was never the aim of these ardent abortion activists. They continue to advertise these chemical abortions as safe and simple, ignoring the two dozen or so patients who have died after taking these drugs and the thousands who have been hospitalized with hemorrhages, infections, and ruptures from undetected ectopic pregnancies, countless failed or incomplete abortions. 

“And that doesn’t even address the hours of terror and agony that nearly every woman who uses these drugs goes through, even if they ultimately prove ‘successful’ in aborting their child. For abortion advocates, it is perfectly fine if those women go through this torture, or even encounter their aborted child, all alone, or maybe just have access to some stranger on a telephone hotline, maybe in another state.”

Even the Washington Post, in a 2000 story, admitted, “taking it [RU-486] isn’t the trivial, pop-a-pill medical procedure its enthusiasts have sometimes imagined. … The full procedure requires a few trips to a doctor; side effects include cramping and bleeding; one in a hundred women will have bleeding severe enough to require surgery.”

In short, chemical abortions are dangerous—babies die and mothers can suffer serious harm, even death.  However, it is very possible that, in just a few short years, the number of brick-and-mortar abortion “clinics” will seriously diminish as chemical abortion usage increases.

I assure you, NRLC and its affiliates will meet these challenges head on.

We will continue to work with legislatures on two effective pieces of model legislation.  I mentioned the first earlier–requiring the prescribing “doctor” to meet with the pregnant women in person–to ascertain the state of the mother’s health, and to be sure an ectopic pregnancy is not involved.

The second piece of legislation regards informing women about “Abortion Pill Reversal.” 

The chemical /medication abortion is, as noted above, a two-step process.  The first drug, mifepristone, is meant to kill the baby.  A second drug causes cramping in an effort to expel the dead baby.  

The legislation would require that a woman obtaining the chemical drug be informed that, should she change her mind after taking the first drug and before taking the second drug, she may be able to reverse the abortion process, generally about a 72-hour window.

More than 2,000 babies have survived because their mothers changed their minds and sought abortion reversal treatment.

Along with legislation and other initiatives, we will also continue our efforts to educate; to reach more and more people with the undisputable fact that these children, no matter how young or how small, are members of the human family, deserving of respect, dignity, and legal protection.

The abortion industry may change tactics in an effort to kill even more babies.  But the truth doesn’t change– every abortion kills an innocent human being.  

You can count of NRLC to be on the battlefield every step of the way.

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