By Olivia McDonough
Some radical online groups are attempting to promote a new kind of “back alley” abortion. “Plan C” advocates encourage women to order the abortion pill on the black market, and take these pills without a doctor’s visit or prescription.
Here is why, no matter your circumstances, you should never consider ordering an abortion pill online.
1. It’s not FDA approved.
The FDA has a specific protocol for the abortion pill regimen. This is not to “limit access” to abortion, but is rather to keep the woman pursuing an abortion safe.
The pills sold online are coming from sources not approved by the FDA. They are often sold from countries like India, and there is no guarantee that the pills meet the safety standards set forth for the protection of women.
2. It’s dangerous.
In and of itself, the abortion pill regimen comes with many risks, which is why it must be administered by a physician. The physician is required to:
a) Accurately determine gestational age. A pregnancy that is further than 10 weeks poses significantly higher risks for the woman, and renders her ineligible for a chemical (medication) abortion.
b) Confirm the location of the pregnancy. A medication abortion will not work on a woman who has an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy located outside the uterus, which can be life-threatening). A woman who has an ectopic pregnancy and has a chemical abortion will remain pregnant and not know it, putting her life at risk.
c) Have access to emergency care. Annually, 7,000-24,000 women have failed chemical abortions, and many need emergency care.
Without a physician’s oversight, women will not have the necessary safeguards in place to ensure her health and well-being.
3. It’s illegal.
Because the abortion pill regimen consists of prescription drugs, obtaining and using these black market drugs could land you in legal trouble.
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