Taking the abortion pill sounds like a simple way to deal with a difficult situation, but like every medical procedure, it can have serious side effects. Although “the abortion pill” is the popular name given to this abortion method, it isn’t just one, easy pill. The abortion pill is a two-step process.
Here are six reasons why ordering the abortion pill online is dangerous.
1.) No Doctor Supervision
Whether performed medically or surgically, abortion is a serious medical procedure. The abortion pill method is considered a medical or chemical abortion. The first pill, Mifepristone (Mifeprex®), is taken to stop the production of the hormone progesterone. This hormone helps the fertilized egg implant on the wall of your uterus. The second pill, Misoprostol, causes cramping to expel the fetus from your body.
Side effects from the abortion pill method include severe abdominal cramping, nausea, and heavy bleeding with blood clots as you pass the fetus. It is possible to contract a pelvic infection as well. Without visiting a healthcare provider, no one will verify if the abortion was completed or if an infection has developed.
2.) Illegal, Non-Regulated Pharmaceutical Sites
While searching online, you may come across a site that claims to sell and deliver real abortion pill medication. Known as “self-managed abortions,” these pharmaceutical sites are often located in other countries. Lawmakers recently discovered some pills were prescribed by an abortionist in the Netherlands and filled by a pharmacy in India.
It is currently illegal to purchase Mifeprex over the internet. According to the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the drug is only legally available to individual health care facilities, including clinics, medical offices, and hospitals. It is not available in retail pharmacies.
3.) Taking the Abortion Pill Too Late
Only women under 10 weeks into their pregnancy are eligible for the abortion pill. This means it can be taken up to 70 days after the first day of your last period. If you are any later than 10 weeks along, you will need to have a surgical abortion. If you are too far along, the abortion pill method will not terminate your pregnancy entirely due to the advanced development of the embryo.
The only way to be sure of your pregnancy’s exact gestational age (how far along you are) is to have an ultrasound. In fact, an ultrasound provides a lot of information necessary before you have an abortion. You will also find out if the pregnancy is viable (a heartbeat is detected) and where the embryo is located. First Step Women’s Center offers free ultrasound scanning.
4.) The Drugs Do Not Meet FDA Safety Requirements
When you purchase the abortion pill online, you cannot verify the chemicals in the drugs. Since these drugs are not required to comply with FDA safeguards, you have no assurance of their quality. Oversight by the FDA assures the manufacturing process and facility meet the necessary standards.
Additionally, you would have no information on side effects or complications from the different pills. You cannot even confirm if you are taking the required dosage. The FDA is so concerned about the safety of purchasing drugs over the internet, they’ve put out an entire guide.
5.) The Drugs Can Lead to Possible Death
Even the FDA has admitted that the abortion pill can be deadly if not given with medical oversight. The drug’s warning label states, “WARNING: SERIOUS AND SOMETIMES FATAL INFECTIONS OR BLEEDING.” They encourage a medical professional to inform a patient about the risk of this happening. These serious risks are the reason Mifeprex is only available through a restricted program.
6.) You Are Alone While Administering the Abortion Pill
Abortion is an emotional as well as physical decision. It is essential to know you are not alone in the process. Many women have reported a feeling of loss or guilt after their abortions. If you take the pill at home, not only are you by yourself if there are complications, but you are alone emotionally as well. Isolating yourself is not the answer to this serious life-altering experience.
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If you’re considering an abortion for your unplanned pregnancy and need more information, we can help. We don’t benefit financially from your decision so the information we provide is unbiased. We strive to uphold a nonjudgmental environment. Contact us today to schedule your free and confidential appointment.