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Abortion industry responsible for women dying from home use/ self managed abortions – here’s why!

Posted in Abortion death, Abortion pill, Abortionist, ACOG, Gynuity, Home Use Abortion, Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood Clinical Trials, RU-486, Self Managed Abortion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2018 by saynsumthn

The abortion industry is now pushing dangerous home abortions

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When the abortion industry speaks about women dying from “home abortions”, they leave out the fact that historically, they were the ones lined up to assist women in obtaining illegal abortions. Today, the trend seems to be continuing. “Abortion AMA: Can I give myself an abortion?” published weeks ago by Bustle and written by Danielle Campoamor, points out that even though abortion is legal in the US, groups like Women Help Women are advising women on “self managed abortions.”

Image: Bustle promotes self abortions

Bustle promotes self abortions

A June 2018 BBC article reported, “By buying pills online and sharing medical advice through WhatsApp groups, women are increasingly turning to technology to sidestep legal barriers to abortion.” Women on Web, an international group that helps women obtain illegal abortions, suggests women lie about complications and tell the doctors they had a miscarriage instead. Despite warnings against purchasing drugs online, activists Francine Coeytaux and Victoria Nichols created the website, PlanC, to push dangerous home abortions.

Joanna Erdman, assistant professor at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law in Halifax, told the New York Times that Plan C is the “same feminist ideology of ‘self-help’ that guided the many safe-abortion initiatives before it, including, most notably, the Abortion Counseling Service of Women’s Liberation, or Jane.”

Image: Plan C pushes home abortions

Plan C pushes home abortions

Today, despite Roe v. Wade remaining firmly in place, the industry is pushing a legal version of “home use” abortion.

The move, being tested in clinical trials, would allow the drug Mifeprex to be mailed to women, or obtained over-the-counter at a local pharmacy. Mifeprex is regulated by the FDA under Approved Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS), which ensures that Mifeprex is only dispensed in certain healthcare settings by or under the supervision of a certified prescriber.

The abortion-inducing regimen is made up of two pills: Mifeprex, also known as mifepristone, and misoprostol, which, according to the FDA, will end “an early pregnancy (70 days or less since the first day of the last menstrual period).” Of course, “the pregnancy” is a term for ending the life of a preborn child in the womb. But sometimes these chemicals also claim the lives of their mothers. This process is explained by Dr. Anthony Levatino in the video below:

 

Between May 2009 and February 2011, Clinical Trials “to assess the acceptability of home-use mifepristone” were conducted and reviewed in the United States, Moldova, and the Republic of Nepal, sponsored by Gynuity Health Projects. The sponsor sought to recruit 615 women between 18 to 55 to enroll in the non-randomized study, Uptake and Acceptability of Home-use of Mifepristone for Medical Abortion. The trial within the USA included locations in three states — Georgia, New York and Pennsylvania:

Image: Feminist Women's Health Center home use abortion

Feminist Women’s Health Center home use abortion

Gynuity was founded in 2003 by Beverly Winikoff, M.D., M.P.H, and according to the website, “Winikoff was employed… at the Population Council.. Prior to joining the Council in 1978, she was Assistant Director for Health Sciences, The Rockefeller Foundation.”

Image: Gynuity Home Use Abortion

Senior Clinical Adviser Paul Blumenthal also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Abortion Federation (NAF).

Gynuity is funded by organizations known for their support of abortion and population control, including:

  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Planned Parenthood Global
  • Population Council
  • Society for Family Planning
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Image: Abortion by Mail (Screen: The Atlantic)

Abortion by Mail (Screen: The Atlantic)

A report published by the pro-abortion journal ContraceptionAcceptability of Home-use of Mifepristone for Medical Abortion, reviewed a trial conducted from May 2009 through November 2010 at “four urban, demographically diverse clinical sites in New York City, Philadelphia and Atlanta…” which reported, “Four women in the home-use group and five women in the office-use group reported visiting the emergency room (ER) for care related to their abortion.”

Image: Home Use abortions send women to ER (Image: Journal Contraception)

Home Use abortions send women to ER (Image: Journal Contraception)

white paper overview written by authors at the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health at George Washington University states, “More recent studies include one involving 400 women who received care at six US Planned Parenthood centers.” The Planned Parenthood home use study was conducted between April 2013 and June 2014, and results were published in Contraception, titled A prospective, non-randomized study of home use of mifepristone for medical abortion in the U.S, in 2015.

Abortion promoters are currently recruiting for a study at sites in California and Washington, where women will obtain the abortion pill regimen from the pharmacy instead of in the facility itself. Gynuity is also conducting clinical trials for the “Feasibility of Medical Abortion by Direct-to-Consumer Telemedicine,” or “mail order” abortion pills at select locations, including Planned Parenthood.

website, Teleabortion, has even been created to recruit for this experiment.

Image: Telabortion website

Telabortion website

While activists in favor of Roe and their complicit media allies claim abortion is safe, recent FDA reports indicate that almost a dozen women, who obtained pills at medical facilities, have died from it, and a thousand have been hospitalized.

Image: RU486 abortion pill deaths updated 2017

RU486 abortion pill deaths updated 2017

The real numbers may be difficult to track since, as Live Action News has previously documented, nearly half of all states do not require complications be reported. In addition, women suffering complications may present to the emergency room claiming they are suffering a miscarriage, without telling the truth about what has really happened.

In the years leading up to Roe v. Wade, advocates openly admitted that a majority of “illegal abortions” were being performed by “reputable physicians.” Past Planned Parenthood president Alan Guttmacher admitted to the Harvard Crimson in 1967 that “Seventy per cent of the illegal abortions in the country are performed by reputable physicians, each thinking himself a knight in white armor.”

Underground groups are already being formed to help commit “cheap, safe” abortions. There are also legal groups dedicated to “liberating” women who commit self-induced abortions. ACOG, which has shown itself to be pro-abortion, has also called for women to not be prosecuted for any self-induced abortions.

Regardless of the legal status of Roe v. Wade, women will continue to die, and the blame should be placed solely at the feet of the people who enable the killing to keep happening.

This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

RU 486 companion drug blamed in 2001 death

Posted in Abortion, Abortion death, RU-486 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2010 by saynsumthn

By Ed Langlois Jan 12,2001

Of the Sentinel

A just-settled Portland lawsuit has called into question the safety of a drug being used in concert with the abortion compound RU 486.

The 1997 death of 34-year-old Margaret O’Connor is being blamed on a dose of misoprostol, an ulcer medication that doctors have for several years used to induce labor in expectant mothers.

The undisclosed settlement, achieved last month after a two-year trial in Multnomah County Circuit Court, went to Michael O’Connor of Portland. On Jan. 28, 1997, O’Connor lost his wife an hour after she gave birth to their third child at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

The Food and Drug Administration in September approved the use of RU 486, and doctors have been using Cytotec as a companion drug to complete the chemical abortion process.

But FDA figures show 30 cases of rupture of the uterus related to the use of misoprostol, known by its brand name Cytotec. In eight cases, the child died even though abortion was not the intent.

In the Portland case, the mother died.

Peggy O’Connor was admitted to Emanuel for what Dr. Barry Davis says appeared to be an ‘uneventful’ labor. But Dr. Davis did note that O’Connor was anxious to have the baby and had consulted with another physician, Dr. Joseph Weick, about using Cytotec to hurry the birth and avert complications. The drug had been used in Legacy delivery rooms for less than a year. Dr. Weick said he saw no problem and Dr. Davis ordered the dose.

Powerful contractions set in and O’Connor delivered the child. About 20 minutes later, the placenta came. O’Connor, who had had a child previously via cesarean section, then began bleeding profusely. She went into shock, and surgical measures to save her life failed.

An autopsy revealed that the placenta had broken off too abruptly and that amniotic fluid entered Peggy O’Connor’s bloodstream.

‘The pro-life community has always warned that RU 486 abortions are deadly not only to the unborn but to the women,’ says Gayle Atteberry, executive director of Oregon Right to Life. ‘This tragically proves us right.’

Oregon was one of the states where doctors tested RU 486 and developed protocol for its use.

In a pre-trial deposition, the O’Connors’ attorney Keith Tichenor asked Dr. Davis if he had warned his patient of the risks involved with Cytotec before he administered it.

Tichenor: ‘Did you tell her anything about whether it was used as an abortifacient?’

Davis: ‘No.’

Tichenor: ‘Did you tell her anything about warnings on the package inserts about not using it if you were pregnant because of the abortifacient property?’

Davis: ‘No.’

Attorneys for Dr. Davis, Legacy Health System and Monsanto argued that the harm to Margaret O’Connor was ‘not foreseeable.’

Cytotec is manufactured by G.D. Searle, a drug company owned by chemical giant Monsanto. The FDA approved Cytotec as an ulcer medication in 1988.

The drug literature from the late 1980s warns, in bold type, against the use of Cytotec by pregnant women.

But medical experts are split on the use of the drug during labor.

The O’Connor case showed that some strong proponents of its use are at Portland’s Oregon Health Sciences University. It was there, at a 1995 continuing education seminar, that Dr. Davis was told that the ulcer drug Cytotec was a good labor quickener.

But doctors elsewhere argue strongly against the drug, citing its tendency to cause the strong contractions and even kill the child in the process of being born.

Dr. Marsden Wagner, a Washington, D.C., physician who once worked with the World Health Organization, relays reports from Medford that obstetricians there are using Cytotec to try to fit deliveries into a daytime schedule.

‘We can’t just throw drugs at people in an uncontrolled way,’ Dr. Wagner writes in a recent article in the magazine Midwifery Today.

‘These women and babies paid a very big price because their practitioners were willing to use a very powerful drug before it has been approved by the FDA for this purpose and before it was adequately evaluated by prospective, controlled research.’

Dr. Charles Lockwood, chairman of obstetrical practices for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, says that Cytotec is the ‘agent of choice’ for inducing labor in the United States.

During the 12-year debate that resulted in the approval of protocol for RU 486, many physicians argued that women should be able to take Cytotec at home to make the abortion process cheaper and quicker.

‘Not being able to use misoprostol at home is a barrier to entry to providing medical abortion services,’ Dr. Suzanne Poppema, Seattle-based president of the National Abortion Federation, said in March 1999.

So far, the FDA has approved Cytotec only for use in treating peptic ulcers, but did recommend it to cause miscarriage after use of RU 486. When doctors use the drug to induce labor they are engaging in a common, legal but risky practice called ‘off-label use.’

In August 2000, Searle sent an update letter from its Skokie, Ill., office to doctors warning that Cytotec was approved only for treating ulcers and posed dangers to women if used to induce labor or abortions.

‘Serious adverse events reported following off-label use of Cytotec in pregnant women include maternal or fetal death,’ the Searle letter reported.

Just last week, two doctors from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists chided Searle for the attempted dissuasion.

The editorial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, charged Searle with letting a fear of abortion politics and potential boycotts override science.

‘It is a sad state of affairs when a pharmaceutical company attempts to restrict the use of a drug although a large body of scientific evidence indicates that the drug has unique benefits and is safe for a large group of patients,’ wrote Drs. Ralph Hale and Stanley Zinberg. ‘Women in the United States should not be deprived of access to misoprostol.’

Other labor-induction drugs are more dangerous and more expensive, the doctors argued.

Though 30 cases may not seem like an epidemic, observers say Cytotec could pose a greater risk now that RU 486 is approved.

Doses for causing abortion will be higher than those used to speed labor.

Even in smaller doses, the drug causes overwhelmingly powerful contractions in some women and can bring on the kind of rupture and bleeding that killed Margaret O’Connor.
‘I’m not sure this kind of thing is isolated, or if it is, whether it will stay isolated,’ says the O’Connors’ Portland attorney Keith Tichenor.