Irish Women Flock To Dangerous At-Home Abortion Pills

Brittany M. Hughes | October 17, 2016
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Thanks to the efforts of the rabid anti-woman, anti-child abortion industry, thousands of Irish women are signing up for potentially dangerous at-home abortions ordered over the internet. 

These so-called “abortion kits” are supplied by the Netherlands-based group Women on Web, a group recently famous for shipping abortion pills to several South American countries that have been affected by the Zika virus and whose strict abortion regulations don’t allow women to have abortions on demand.

In Ireland, where abortion is still illegal, more than 5,600 women have turned to potentially dangerous mail-order abortion pills, which induce a miscarriage when taken early enough in the first trimester of a pregnancy. Billed as a compassionate alternative to giving birth to an unwanted child, the woman ends up miscarrying her baby at home, oftentimes alone.

A study of these women published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found that nearly one in five women (17 percent) who took the at-home abortion pills said they felt “guilty” about their decision afterward. A full 44 percent also admitted they had not been using protection of any kind when they became pregnant, while the same percentage cited not having enough money to raise a child as the reason they wanted an abortion.

According to the Irish Times, “The most common reason for deciding to terminate a pregnancy, given by 62 percent of women, was ‘I just cannot cope with a child at this point in my life.’”

The pills offered by Women on Web consist of abortion drugs Mifepristone and Misoprostol, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration strongly advises against buying online for obvious health and safety reasons:

You should not buy Mifeprex over the Internet because you will bypass important safeguards designed to protect your health (and the health of others).

Mifeprex has special safety restrictions on how it is distributed to the public. Also, drugs purchased from foreign Internet sources are not the FDA-approved versions of the drugs, and they are not subject to FDA-regulated manufacturing controls or FDA inspection of manufacturing facilities.

The FDA also warns against women with certain conditions taking these drugs, as side effects can include uncontrolled bleeding that requires surgery, sepsis, flu-like symptoms and even death. Understandably, these risks become even greater when the pills are not taken under the supervision of a physician, or are taken by women who may not readily seek medical assistance after having an illegal at-home abortion.

The FDA added it has “received reports of serious adverse events in women who took Mifeprex, including “one case of ectopic pregnancy resulting in death; several cases of severe systemic infection (also called sepsis), including some that were fatal; and a single case of non-fatal heart attack.”