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Washington Post story: “What to know after taking abortion pills” leaves a lot out

by | May 2, 2024

By Dave Andrusko

When you read the call for “accurate and unbiased information,” you can rest assured that if the topic is abortion, the chance are slim to none that the accounts the mainstream media will provide will be “accurate and unbiased.”

“What to know after taking abortion pills” is a story written by the Washington Post’s Caroline Kitchener. Let’s see how she handles a topic that is bathed in controversy although you would never think that is the case if your reading is limited to publications such as the Washington Post. To her credit she does acknowledge some of the difficulties with “medication abortion” but leaves a lot out.

Her lead:

People seeking a medication abortion sometimes struggle to find accurate and unbiased information about what to expect from the process, especially those living in states with abortion bans.

This, of course, begs the question. Every syllable in her “accurate and unbiased information” follows the pro-abortion line as if that is the only perspective.

Women interviewed by The Washington Post described frantically Googling for hours to find sources they could trust on the subject, struggling to reconcile stories describing the pills as highly dangerous or deadly — false claims circulated by the antiabortion movement — with others depicting the process as straightforward and easy to handle on your own.

So “describing the pills as highly dangerous or deadly” is [of course] false. How could it be otherwise when they are circulated by the antiabortion movement”?

The other side—those who are not “antiabortion” — “depict the process as straightforward and easy to handle on your own.”

Who does Kitchener go to for the basis of her story?

The Post interviewed doctors and several leading researchers who study the safety of medication abortion, as well as over a dozen women who recently ended their pregnancies with pills. These takeaways are based on information from licensed medical providers, as well as the experiences of women who shared their stories.

So, Kitchener tells us, “Here’s what to know about the experience of having a medication abortion.”

Someone undergoing a medication abortion first takes a single pill of mifepristone, which blocks the hormone progesterone and stops the pregnancy from growing.

Pardon? “Stops the pregnancy from growing.” Can you possibly describe what happens to the unborn child in any more antiseptic terms?

Studies show that abortion pills are safe

Abortion pills essentially prompt the body to have a miscarriage, a process that women often experience naturally at home on their own.

Get it? A chemically-induced abortion “essentially” prompts a miscarriage, “a process that women often experience naturally at home on their own.” She doesn’t say explicitly what is clearly not the case—that taking abortion pill is the same as a miscarriage—but in Kitchener’s view it is suggested that is nitpicking.

She does acknowledge the obvious—”By 11 or 12 weeks, the patient is more likely to pass a recognizable fetus” —only to tell us “at that point would be about the size of a lime.”

How about lying to the doctor when the woman experiences complications? (Again, to her credit, Kitchener is brutally honest, although she tells us complications are rare “but they do happen.”) Nisha Verma is an OB/GYN in Georgia and says

“It’s important for people to know there’s no way for a doctor to know they self-managed,” Verma said. The one exception is when people take the pills vaginally, she added. In those cases, there may be residue from the pills left behind in the vagina.

Next she tackles later use of abortion pills “which can be physically and emotionally difficult.”

People who self-manage their abortions with pills beyond 12 or 13 weeks of pregnancy typically experience more-intense cramps, followed by a gush of fluid, which is their water breaking. At 12 to 14 weeks, the fetus is 2 to 3.5 inches long and has identifiable features. After 15 weeks of pregnancy, the patient can sometimes struggle to pass the placenta.

Kitchener covers other aspects which you can read here.


If you read NRL News Today, you know medication abortions are not simple or safe or essentially no different than a miscarriage.

Categories: Abortion Pill