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NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) - Research by Reuters shows pill-induced abortions are equaling surgical abortions numberwise. What they fail to report is that 10 times more women are dying because of it.
According to data collected from "clinics, state health departments and Planned Parenthood affiliates," Reuters discovered
that "American women are ending pregnancies with medication almost as often as with surgery."
In their otherwise well-researched article, Reuters fails to report the tenfold increase in deaths associated with chemically induced abortions. Dr. Donna Harrison, executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, notes
, "It is tragic that women are misled about the serious complications, including at least a ten-times increased risk of death from drug-induced abortion as compared with surgical abortion."
Harrison cited a recent study
published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research which listed the following dangers to women having drug-induced abortions:
77.5 percent had excessive bleeding
12.5 percent suffered from severe anemia
5 percent went into shock
62.5 percent had incomplete abortions
7.5 percent had incomplete abortions with sepsis
22.5 percent had failed abortions
67.5 percent required surgical evacuations
12.5 percent required surgical evacuations with blood transfusion
She emphasized the point that abortion companies hide
these facts from women. "The continuous fantasy that drug-induced abortions are simple is the oft-repeated mantra of the abortion industry," she said. "Drug-induced abortions are neither safe nor easy."
The study she cited recommended against unsupervised abortions, but Harrison noted providers of the abortifacient pills conceal the dangers in order to make more profit. "The abortion industry wants to minimize knowledge about these risks, and minimize involvement of physicians, in order to keep down their costs and boost their income."
Planned Parenthood is one of the biggest providers of abortifacient pills. Of the more than 2.75 million women who have purchased these pills, more than 1 million were provided
by the abortion giant.
Notwithstanding the hidden dangers, chemical abortions are surging. Figures unreported prior to Reuters' research show
drug-induced abortions had been on the increase from 35 percent of all abortions in 2010 to 43 percent of total abortions in 2014.
But after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new guidelines
last March making it easier to obtain the abortifacient chemical, drug-induced abortions have skyrocketed. Since March, demand for the two abortifacient pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, have tripled
in Ohio, Texas and North Dakota.
Medical abortions in Michigan now account for 55 percent of the state's total abortions and in Iowa 64 percent. But these numbers are still low in comparison to Finland and Scotland, where 91 and 80 percent, respectively, of all pregnancies are terminated with these chemicals.
Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D., Director of Education and Research at National Right to Life, is also highlighting
how deadly chemical abortions are.
We already know of more than a dozen women, several of them by name, who have died after using these drugs to induce their abortions. Some have bled to death, some have had undiscovered ectopic pregnancies rupture and others have died from aggressive rare infections. The more it is used, the more women will be exposed to these dangers.
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