Pre-1973, one of the biggest arguments for the legalization of abortion was to prevent “back-alley abortions” from taking place. Some women, so desperate to end their pregnancy, would use knitting needles, coat hangers, or ingest chemicals to attempt to kill their child. Those arguing for nationwide legal abortion wanted women to have a “safe” place to abort their preborn child, in a controlled environment where a doctor could monitor the mother. It appears as if this desire for safe, legal and rare abortions is no longer applicable.
The abortion industry is proving again and again that even though abortion might be legal, that doesn’t mean it’s safe. An article at Live Action shares that “The term ‘back-alley’ is another abortion lobby misnomer that masks the violence that every abortion inflicts. Abortion always destroys the life of an innocent human being, and it is an invasive procedure that poses many health risks to the woman.” A chemical abortion induced using RU-486 is not as safe as the abortion industry would like us to believe. Many times, these abortions are accompanied by severe bleeding that can lead to hemorrhaging as well as nausea, intense pain, and vomiting; sometimes even dangerous enough to require a hospital stay.
A nurse spoke to Students for Life about RU-486:
Making these pills available online without examination by a physician, as Planned Parenthood and others are pushing to do, could prove to be fatal for women across the nation. The “success” rate of RU-486 is somewhere between 64% and 85% and for some women, they are required to go through a follow-up surgical abortion because of the failure of the drug. The side effects of the abortion pill can be serious and would be fully un-monitored if the pills became “mail-order.”
Abortionists and those within the abortion movement aren’t referring to back alley abortions anymore. Could this be because we are going back in time, sending women home to suffer the pain and tragedy of a self-induced chemical abortion without proper medical attention? The former president of Planned Parenthood, Leana Wen, just isn’t radical enough for them anymore. Wen still wants to avoid back-alley situations, but Planned Parenthood wants to ship out the abortion pill, RU-486, on demand. The abortion industry is all about the money; they do not care about women, families or health care.