As more states impose restrictions on abortion, it appears women are ordering pills by mail to medically abort their babies – a trend that National Right to Life views as dangerous for both the babies and the mothers.
The regimen being ordered consists of two medications: mifepristone and misoprostol – and Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, says for many of the women taking the pills it's "not going to end well."
"The Food and Drug Administration has [told the public] Do not order these over the Internet or through the mail because you do not know what you're getting," she explains.
USA Today reports that 21,000 women reached out to Aid Access, an online organization launched in March 2018 that offers pills internationally. According to that organization, requests came from all over the country, especially states where abortion is tightly restricted.
"If women start ordering these abortion pills, I think we are going to see all kinds of fake pills hitting the Internet," Tobias warns. "We really should stop this because these pills are dangerous certainly for the baby, and can also be unsafe for the mother."
In March, the FDA requested that Aid Access cease selling "misbranded and unapproved new drugs" due to the risk posed to the purchasers. In May, a law firm representing Aid Access replied, challenging the FDA's request and arguing that "safety concerns simply cannot justify" the agency's warning letter.
Organizations such as Planned Parenthood acknowledge that serious complications from abortion pills can occur but are "really rare." Tobias explains why she thinks problems appear unlikely.
"The abortion industry tells [the women] that if you have to go to the emergency room, tell them that you had a miscarriage – not that you did the abortion," she explains. "So that way we will never get real statistics on this chemical pill and whether or not the women are suffering from this or a true miscarriage."
In addition, Tobias says the fact that the news media pays little attention doesn't help. "The news media is not covering how this can be dangerous for the mother if she takes the pills," she stresses.