A Return to the Back Alley

Just last week, the Food and Drug Administration cleared the way for abortion medications to be available via telemedicine.

The new rule is intended to allow girls and women to end a pregnancy up to the 56th day from the comfort and privacy of their own homes without having to see a doctor in person.

However, with this new rule, there is no way to ensure–as an in-person physical examination would–that the unborn child is younger than 57 days–or even that the pregnancy is not ectopic (that the child is not stuck in the fallopian tube rather than residing in the uterus–a condition that is potentially deadly for the mother).

Before last week, an estimated 40 percent of American abortions, according to the AP, occurred through the chemical method. Yet the requirement that patients seeking drug-induced abortions meet with a doctor before obtaining such medications ensured that deadly complications (like ectopic pregnancies) and attempts at dangerous abortions later in pregnancy (after 56 days) would be minimized.

Now, they can be maximized.

The rule change will be a boon to the abortion industry in several ways. For every surgical abortion, someone has to remove the child, through suction or manual dismemberment, or stab the child’s heart with a sonogram-guided injection and induce labor so the mother can deliver her dead child.

After a dismemberment abortion, someone must reconstruct the child to ensure that the abortion was complete–that there will be no parts left behind to fuel infection.

Mail order abortion meds prevent trauma to a worker having to deal with the actual killing or disposal of the bodies of dead children. Mailing pills to faceless women is much less traumatic than piercing a heart or reconstructing body parts. And the industry will need employees with much less training. How hard is it to mail pills? Not very.

Less complex. And less costly for those in the abortion business.

Now girls and women who are aborting at home will perceive that they can escape a problem–and no one else has to know. They’ll perceive this notion because the telemarketer/abortion advisor they spoke with via phone or internet told them so, that the process will be simple, “like a heavy period,” that it won’t be so bad.

One “pro-choice” woman says her experience was “unimaginable,” “indescribable,” “the worst pain I have ever felt. . . . With every cramp I felt my heart race and my blood pressure plummet.” . . . . She was “nauseated, dizzy and lightheaded.” She thought she was dying.

Abby Johnson’s chemical abortion experience was similar.

After reading these accounts and understanding that so many abortions happen this way now, we might conclude that these women’s experiences were outside the norm. Yet, the complication rate for chemical abortion is four times that of surgical abortion.

Four times.

And remember, the girl or woman at home will at some point expel a baby. She is likely to see that baby and understand what she perhaps did not fully grasp at the beginning of the process: a baby who was alive and growing within her is now dead.

Other countries are currently conducting studies regarding chemical abortions for second-trimester pregnancies. That means chemical abortion for a four to six month old unborn baby to be born dead at home.

Once achieved, a quest will begin for medication to abort even older unborn children.

“Death and destruction are never satisfied. ” Proverbs 27:20a.

Melanie Israel for the Heritage Foundation:

“And I would just caution people … especially if the abortion lobby has their way and abortion pills are available through telemedicine, getting it through mail order, available in retail pharmacies, or even over the counter. That’s what some abortion advocates want, just abortion pills over the counter, no prescription required, no questions asked. Imagine what that would mean in the hands of an abusive partner, a coercive partner, a trafficker.”

Ms. Israel reports that 19 states prohibit telemedicine abortions. But that the restrictions can be “wiped out at any moment” by an edict from the current administration.

In the historic discussion leading to legal abortion in America from conception to birth–the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision–abortion advocates pleaded that abortion be safe, that desperate girls and women gain protection from the butchers of “back alleys.”

Now the back alley is the very homes of these desperate girls and women. The butcher comes as a specter in the form of pills invited in by their unwary victim.

This new rule provides nothing but benefits for the abortion industry. It shifts all of the burdens from the industry to its victims. The babies and the mothers bear all the trauma, all the risk, all the cost.

And it’s a cost we will never be able to count.

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22 Replies to “A Return to the Back Alley”

  1. Oh my heart… the world we live in is so broken. This news is a heavy burden and hard to hear. But I am thankful that you, Nancy, are pointing this out by continuing to write about the horrors of abortion, so that we can advocate and pray. God have mercy!

  2. Nancy, you’ve made SO many good points here.
    “Mailing pills to faceless women is much less traumatic than piercing a heart or reconstructing body parts.” I can’t help wondering if Abby Johnson would be where she is today if she hadn’t come face to face with what was happening in her own clinic.
    And the point about traffickers – ! It is (SHOULD be) becoming more and more obvious that abortion is NOT the liberation of women – it is quite the opposite. Thank you so much for bringing this evil to light.

  3. You are right that one reason they are advocating this medication is to prevent the trauma of the abortionists from seeing what they did. Even though they themselves say there is no trauma because they are doing nothing wrong. This is just another step in “de-humanizing” society. And when the girls see the baby that was born dead they will be more traumatized than they would during the surgical option. This could possibly cause more suicides.

  4. I can’t even begin to imagine someone enduring this process at home. How very sad. I pray that others will rise up to offer education programs to help young girls in need so they make educated decisions. The church needs to be a voice in the wilderness of abortion without condemning the poor girls who become pregnant outside of marriage.

  5. Oh, my, Nancy, this is heart breaking. Thank you for sharing this information, as painful as it is. But it must be said so we will understand this tragedy and stand up against it.

  6. The murdering of unborn children by their mothers is an event that has occurred for millennia. It used to be herbs sought from the village woman who brewed such things. Now it is a pill in your own home without any guidance from the village women, and probably no input other than platitudes from the online pharmacy. Women my age knew many women who chose to abort when abortion was new and in its heyday. Not a one that I know was happy in the long term with their decision to abort. I believe women go ahead with this because of magical thinking. Until a baby is seen and held and touched, the hidden person didn’t feel real to them. They didn’t intend to keep it. For me, as a pregnant teen in 1977, my baby felt very real to me. I loved him from the moment I knew he had been conceived, and that was a VERY good things for almost all of the adults in my life tried to get me to abort — teachers, relatives, and friends. I had to stand alone as a seventeen year old beside my eighteen year old boyfriend, who very quickly became my husband. There was no decision to make. We loved our son.

    1. I agree that so many of these young women don’t perceive the baby as real yet. And they will later on. So many of them are coerced by parents/husbands/boyfriends. And there is a sense of desperation and fear. Crisis pregnancy agencies have reached out in love for women who keep their babies as well as those who are post-abortive and traumatized. So happy for you and your husband and especially your son. Thank you, Melinda. God bless!

  7. Oh, how appalling and spine-chilling! It’s disturbing in the worst way! To think a pill can “take care of this” privately so no one is the wiser. Yet, as you point out, Nancy, complications both physically and emotionally are still dangerously high.

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