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Pols Should Get There's Nothing Safe About DIY Abortion

protests in opposition to anti abortion activists.

Tourists in opposition to anti-abortion activists, shout from the plaza in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, as prayer occurs in front of the high court -April 21, 2023 - Washington, D.C. The demonstrators called on the Supreme Court to affirm Federal District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk's ruling that suspends the FDA's approval of the abortion pill Mifepristone. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Penny Nance By Monday, 15 May 2023 09:37 AM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Alone on the shower floor surrounded by a gruesome scene, my then 21-year-old friend lay waiting for the cramping and contractions to stop.

She sees what was once the baby inside her now next to her, but is unable to move off the floor in order to discard what is a now a grotesque corpse.

Maybe its small enough to float down a drain if she can only lift herself enough to get the water turned on.

This horrific scene goes on for three days, the floor of the bathroom is the only safe place to stay for fear of what may happen next.

Embarrassed by the shame and humiliation for letting herself get pregnant by her soon to be ex-husband, she does not call for help.

It's two weeks before she can return to work, and two months before she feels well again.

Similar scenarios are happening in the bathrooms of millions of young women nationally.

This is what chemical abortion looks like, now the most frequently used method to terminate a pregnancy 

In a chemical abortion, the woman takes two pills, the first, Mifepristone (also known as RU-486) restricts the release of the hormone progesterone, which is needed to stabilize the uterine wall and nourish the developing baby.

By cutting off this supply, Mifepristone starves the baby to death in the womb.

The second pill, Misoprostol, then induces labor.

Besides the bleeding and pain, that can last from several hours to several days, many women experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and headache.

And in some cases, women die.

But politicians and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) don’t want the American people to know about that; the abortion pill has been on the market for almost 20 years.

Maternal deaths have occurred, most frequently due to infection and an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy.

I confess that I am mystified by conservatives and Republicans who claim to be prolife but were nowhere to be found when Texas Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk blocked the FDA approval in April.

He determined the FDA removed safety precautions and medical protocols, making it less safe and more dangerous for women to take and undermining its legal obligation to protect women's health, safety, and welfare.

Republicans went running to the hills because last fall they got their clocks cleaned by the left who put them on the defensive for the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Organizaiton decision, by the U.S. Supreme Court which overturned Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973) legalizing abortion at the federal level.

Democrats and their outside groups spent $391 million defining Republicans as taking away a right.

Protecting women from a devastating procedure and saving the lives of precious children is a winning issue with Americans.

Approximately 70%of Americans have always supported restrictions on abortion.

Rather than explaining why our position is more in line with the people than the left’s radical position, our guys said nothing.

So, their consultants told them again not to say anything when the decision on the abortion pill came down. A political calculation that will leave them being defined by the other side again.

Mifepristone is supposed to be used only up to 10 weeks of a pregnancy, but the lack of medical oversight and access to emergency medical assistance can be fatal to young women taking it alone and late in pregnancy.

Let's be clear; there is nothing safe or effective about allowing people to perform a DIY abortion. Approval of this drug allows anyone anywhere to have an abortion without any in-person medical supervision, reliable in-person safeguards and checks, and without a routine medical examination.

The medical community has had concerns over these drugs for years as the FDA cut corners, ignored safety concerns, fast-tracked, and politicized the process when they approved mifepristone.

The plaintiffs in the Texas case, including the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine and other groups of doctors and national medical associations oppose the removal of safety precautions around the use of this drug including that since 2021, it can be sent through the mail in clear violation of federal law.

Recently, the case proceeded to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals who will rule on the merits of the case after it was put on hold by the Supreme Court on April 21 allowing the drug to still be available.

The FDA has not followed its own standards and needs to answer for their reckless disregard for the women who take this drug.

Young women taking an abortion pill alone in their room with no medical supervision and access to medical care if there are complications is not a "safe and effective’ drug but can be fatal.

Americans who are concerned for the safety and well-being of young women should be grateful that this judge had the courage to make this decision.

Politicians who claim to be anti-abortion should be taking this issue head on and clearly articulating that protecting the lives of women is one of their highest priorities.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, Nance oversees more than 500,000 members and 190 Young Women for America chapters. Named as one of the top four most powerful pro-life female voices by the Christian Post and by Newsmax as one of the 100 most influential evangelicals in America, Nance is a national leader on messaging and policy. Read more Penny Nance Reports --- Here.

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The FDA has not followed its own standards. Young women taking an abortion pill alone in with no medical supervision and access to medical care if there are complications is not "safe and effective," but can be fatal.
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