While some states have advanced significant restrictions on surgical abortions since Roe was reversed last summer, the push to expand chemical abortion is stronger than ever. In the past decade, the number of chemical abortions has skyrocketed by 120%. Estimates are that chemical abortions account for over 50% of all abortions.
Proponents argue that chemical abortions are safe, but nothing could be further from the truth. When used for an abortion, the drug mifepristone starves a child of nutrients by blocking progesterone, the primary hormone that attaches the embryonic child to the uterine lining, which is the baby’s primary source of nutrition.
Chemical abortion also harms mothers. One study based on robust data from Finland’s healthcare system found that one in five women had an adverse event after mifepristone. It also found that the rates of complication were four times higher with chemical abortion than surgical abortion.
If we are to love those in unexpected pregnancies, we must tell the truth about chemical abortions.
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