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A thorough critique of the very dangerous “self-managed abortions”

by | Mar 21, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

NRL staff take pride in being an unimpeachable source of information on all aspects of the abortion plaque. The product of a great many investigations appear in NRL News Today and National Right to Life other outlets. But NRL C experts are also quoted in publications that are not within the pro-life orbit as well as staunch pro-life publications such as the National Catholic Register (NCR) that are.

Lauretta Brown offers an outstanding example in today’s NCR. The headline does a terrific job summarizing the current status  of “Do-It-Yourself” abortion, also called “self-managed” abortion”

Pro-Lifers Emphasize the Unique Risks and Trauma That Accompany ‘Self-Managed’ Abortion: Pro-lifers sound the alarm over the dangers of such abortions — and the need to inform mothers about abortion-pill reversal.

It is very much worth your time to read in full. Here are a few highlights.

She begins with a woman who had four abortions but is now a pro-life advocate. Kelly Lester does away with the foundational Planned Parenthood talking point.  

“Most people go back to normal activities the day after a medication abortion” and comparing it to “having a really heavy, crampy period.” In terms of the emotional aftermath, the Planned Parenthood website says that while “people can have a range of emotions” after an abortion, “most people feel relief.”  

Lester’s chemical abortion was not only incredibly painful, she experienced “three days of nonstop, constant pain, cramping, bleeding, throwing up and headaches.”

As Lester told Brown, “She called the facility and experienced a ‘dismissive’ tone. She was told that ‘nothing was wrong, that it would be fine’ and that ‘after a week if it continued like that then go to the emergency room.”

But that doesn’t faze the abortion provider.  According to Brown, the abortion advocacy group Reproaction says, “The treatment of any complication of abortion is exactly the same as the treatment for complications of a miscarriage. There are no tests that can detect misoprostol, and there is no reason to tell a medical provider that a woman has managed her own abortion with pills.”

In other words, abortion providers, who are lying to women, encourage them to lie to ER room personnel. 

Brown interviewed Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, NRLC’s director of education & research, and Ingrid Duran, NRLC director of state legislation. O’Bannon told Brown 

that the rise in the use of the abortion pill “has been coming for a long time, and it’s not an accident. It’s very much a strategic, organized campaign that the abortion industry has been conducting since they first came to the FDA to get the approval for this.” He said that “they’re looking for this as a way to work around any sort of abortion limits, to simply bypass whatever the law or the rules are and to ship them directly to women’s homes.” 

O’Bannon reemphasized the risks inherent in dispensing the abortion pill without the woman having an ultrasound to date the pregnancy. Many women can easily miscalculate how far along they are. 

“The FDA originally said it was supposed to be seven weeks,” he said of when the abortion pill was meant to be used; “then they changed it up to 10 weeks,” in 2016. 

“Medication abortions” (chemical abortions) make up at least half of the abortions performed . Duran explained that pro-lifers are “respond[ing] legislatively.” Brown writes

One way states have responded to increasingly available chemical abortions, she said, is with “laws requiring that a physician is present when they are administering the abortion pill.” She said that 24 states have “enacted laws requiring the abortionist to be in the same room; and, of those 24 states, 19 of those laws are in effect.”

Duran told Brown that 14 states have enacted laws that require abortion facilities to tell women who are undergoing medication abortions  that it is possible to reverse the outcome by not taking the second of two pills (misoprostol)and instead ingesting progesterone to counteract the action of the first pill (mifepristone). “It’s an informed-consent law that requires abortion facilities to inform pregnant mothers about the possibility of reversing the intended effects of a chemical abortion,” Duran said.

There is much more to be gleaned from Brown’s thorough story, including how “Chemical abortion just completely paves the way for and enables this huge problem of coercion and forced abortions,” according to Tessa Longbons. 

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