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Oregon Test Program Allows Mail Order, At-Home Chemical Abortion

Oregon is one of four states taking part in a program that would study the “feasibility” of abortion by mail in Oregon, Washington State, New York, and Hawaii by having women induce their own abortions at home, following a short video conference with an abortion provider. The program is overseen by Gynuity Health Projects, an abortion provider whose president, Beverly Winikoff, was instrumental in bringing RU-486, the “abortion pill,” to the U.S.

The dangerous abortion drug RU-486 (a combination of mifepristone and misoprostol) was approved by the FDA for use in the U.S. in September of 2000 to be used under the supervision of a physician in three separate office visits. Promoters of abortion chafed at FDA’s conditions or limits to its use, and persuaded the Obama FDA to relax its protocols. 

In an April 2011 report, the FDA found that 14 women in the U.S. had died using the drug, along with dozens worldwide. The study found that 2,207 women were injured by the drug. A Planned Parenthood study admitted that at least one woman is seriously injured from the abortion drug each day.

A recent trend is to sell abortion drugs over the internet. Researchers in four states (Texas, Washington, California, and New York) searched for abortion pills on the internet, ordering 22 products from 18 different websites. In that study and others, there were multiple problems, including no requirement for a prescription, proof of pregnancy, gestational age of the baby, or confirmation that the pregnancy was not an intrauterine pregnancy. Abortion pills were shipped without any instructions on usage, even though the pills are supposed to be taken in certain amounts and in a certain order. Other concerns with mail order abortion drugs include knockoff drugs from foreign pharmaceutical makers and involve degraded drugs, pills that contained incorrect dosages, drugs that took more than two weeks to be delivered, and drugs that arrived damaged or failed to arrive at all. 

In an April 2011 report, the FDA found that 14 women in the U.S. had died using the drug (RU-486), along with dozens worldwide. The study found that 2,207 women were injured by  the drug. A Planned Parenthood study admitted that at least one woman is seriously injured from the abortion drug each day.

In early 2018, California legislators debated a bill that would force public universities to offer taxpayer-funded abortion drugs to students on campuses. Senator Connie Leyva’s bill would require public university and community college health centers to provide abortion drugs up to 10 weeks of pregnancy. California Family Council CEO Jonathan Keller warned, “These pills will hurt our daughters and end the lives of our grandchildren by forcefully inducing a miscarriage up to 10 weeks of pregnancy, with hemorrhaging and delivery of the baby into the dorm room toilet.”

In international news, Canada’s government, within months after dangerous abortion drugs went on the market, is already expanding their use. The drugs may now be used up to nine weeks of pregnancy, instead of seven. The new regulations no longer require women to take the drugs under the supervision of a doctor. On January 15, British Columbia, Canada will join New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Alberta, Quebec, and Ontario in providing the deadly abortion drugs for free through the taxpayer-funded health system.

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