Doctors and advocates are urging people to pre-order and stockpile abortion pills while they still can in the face of a looming court decision that could wipe out access to the drugs nationwide.
District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk in Amarillo, Texas, could either strike down the FDA’s decades-old decision to approve mifepristone — the first of two pills used to end a pregnancy — or roll back more recent agency decisions making the pills available via telemedicine, mail delivery and pharmacy pickup.
Eighteen states already have restrictions on the pills, many of them as part of near-total bans on abortion. But a ruling from Kacsmaryk — an appointee of former President Donald Trump — could either cut off access to the drugs in the mostly Democratic-led states where they remain legal or reinstate rules mandating that patients only be able to receive them in-person from a physician. Kacsmaryk previously worked for a conservative group, First Liberty Institute, that brought cases aimed at restricting abortion access.
While the Biden administration plans to swiftly appeal any ruling against the pills — which could come any time after lawyers for both sides submit their briefs on Friday — advocates say they are not counting on federal leaders to take the sweeping actions they believe are needed to deal with the potential loss of the country’s most-used method of abortion….
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“Doctors and advocates are urging people to pre-order and stockpile abortion pills …” This seems to me to be ill-advised. The abortion pill, while relatively safe for the mother (but always deadly for the baby) nevertheless has potential side-effects. They are hemorrhaging , pelvic inflammatory disease for those with Chlamydia, mental health issues, increased infertility, and complications from existing conditions. Stockpiling abortion pills would seem to lead to a greater chance of complications if they are taken like aspirin without a doctor’s supervision. For example, it is known that while hemorrhaging related to the abortion pill is relatively rare, occurring in roughly 1% of abortion pill patients, the rate of death as a result of this complication is significant. An underground pill market will probably spring up and its use may be a misuse, to the detriment of the mother, especially a young mother, say a teenager. It may be taken after the time in pregnancy where the pill is no longer advised, resulting in more complications. The availability of the abortion pill also seems guaranteed to promote promiscuity, just as the birth control pill does. Thus we continue the downward cycle of concupiscence and the destruction in relationships this brings. I am no doctor, but the advice seems reckless.
Some teens have already died from such complications as the abortion pill has been sent to underaged girls. One of the complications is that many times the abortion is not complete, and without a doctor’s supervision, there is no way of knowing if all the body parts came out. Left in they will lead to serious complications and death. Even in a normal miscarriage, a doctor has to scrape the womb to make sure nothing was left behind, or the woman will get an infection and die. Two young teens died recently from the abortion pill because they got sick from such infections, but their parents had no idea what was wrong with them.