Last week, a new study came out by the abortion group, Women on Web (WoW). This international company sells women around the world abortion drugs online. The company is currently not allowed to sell in the U.S. due to FDA qualms about drug safety, but that certainly doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in this market. So… what does the study say?
It says that U.S. states with the strictest abortion laws have the most women contacting WoW about chemical abortions. Now, there are multiple things to note here.
Women on Web is Shady
Last year (almost to the day), Students for Life published a statement following news that WoW had quietly launched an “abortion by mail” business in America. At that time, SFLA President Kristan Hawkins had this to say:
“We will stand for women soon to be victimized by this negligent business. Handing out deadly drugs through the mail is a disaster waiting to happen. We know that women have died using chemical abortion drugs, and that how far along a woman’s pregnancy is or where it is can be a life or death issue. Women later in pregnancy or women experiencing an ectopic pregnancy in particular are in great risk — two things that must be determined by examination and not by some online questionnaire.
Even those pushing the drugs admit that they can fail, meaning that women can face infection and other complications if not examined, which is not possible in this on-line business model. Risking women’s lives to make a political point and a quick profit makes no sense.”
Because WoW can’t technically sell their drugs here, they groom the market by offering other “services” to Americans who contact them. They offer a “trained professional” who tells them where else to find the drug locally or connects them with groups that help women get abortions.
Chemical Abortion is Dangerous
The FDA reports that such drug-induced abortions have led to cases of extreme bleeding, infection and incomplete abortions requiring surgery, and even to the deaths of over 20 women. And that is before we add in the emotional experience of waiting alone in a bathroom to see the preborn child pass into a toilet. To learn more about the chemical abortion experience, watch this video from Marie Stettler, a pro-life nurse, talking about the dangers of RU-486.
Not to mention, chemical abortion is “just as much of an abortion” as the surgical methods. Mothers who abort earlier via this method still face long-term mental health effects like depression, substance abuse, and suicide. Read more about abortion risks here.
What Sort of Journalism is This?
People can only get away with this sort of absurd journalism because the topic is abortion and no one dares question it. That’s not to say the information isn’t factually true; in fact, this article approaches the topic as if Women on Web’s findings are true. It’s the fact that it’s being treated as a landmark, academic milestone that’s cause for an eyebrow raise.
The guy selling snake oil says it’s great and that everyone wants it. This is good as a sales pitch for Women on Web. This is bad as a source citation in an argument for abortion.
This Indicates a Need
Again, assuming it’s true that women in pro-life states are contacting this abortion drug vendor for help, this is indicative of a continued need for positive support. The pro-life movement has come extremely far in the last few decades as far as empowering services offered (check our 17,000 pregnancy centers, maternity homes, & federally qualified health centers). But making abortion illegal, unthinkable, and unnecessary is a constant effort. Even when abortion is abolished, the job is not over.
The study notes that the states with the highest percentages of requests are:
In the states where women think a questionable chemical abortion drug is their best answer, we’ve failed to inform them of better options. This information gathered by Women on Web provides a good road map for pro-lifers to double down on efforts to empower women and support them in making safe, healthy decisions.