'DIY' abortion really a 'do in yourself' risk, says NRLC

Monday, June 1, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

online shopping cartA prominent pro-life group is taking the American Civil Liberties Union to task for filing a lawsuit that asks the Food and Drug Administration to override its own rules put in place to protect women when it comes to the chemical abortion method.

Chemical abortions involve the drug mifepristone – which, along with other abortion-inducing drugs, is being dispensed illegally over the Internet and shipped to customers in the United States. National Right to Life says the actions of those websites "brazenly flout" FDA-required protections for women using those drugs.

"The FDA has what they call a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy [REMS] for any drug that may cause some life-threatening action in the people who take it," explains Carol Tobias with National Right to Life.

The REMS for mifepristone requires the drug be dispensed only at a healthcare facility, by or under the supervision of a certified prescriber, after a patient signs an agreement form.

Tobias

"[But] the ACLU is going back to the FDA, asking that they get rid of those REMS so that the chemical abortion pills can just be mailed to women [so] they can perform a 'do it yourself' abortion at home," the NRLC president adds.

Abortion advocates say this is safer than invasive procedures, but Tobias argues this approach is very dangerous.

"The FDA knows of at least 24 women in the last 20 years who have died from taking these pills," she tells OneNewsNow. "Three percent of the women [who take the drug] are going to end up in an emergency room; five to seven percent of the women will require follow up surgery, meaning the abortion didn't take place so they still have to go back to do the surgical abortion; and a survey that was released last year found that half of the abortion providers themselves don't consider these pills to be safe.

"So, to send [the pills] to a woman and tell her to do an abortion at home when we don't know if there is any kind of emergency care available near her is just very irresponsible."

National Right to Life joined more than four dozen pro-life and pro-family groups in a letter sent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month asking the FDA to take action against the illegal sale of abortion-inducing drugs. According to that letter, the mifepristone being prescribed by one particular website is neither FDA-approved Mifeprex nor the FDA-approved generic version and is being exported from India.

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