By Rita Diller
There has been much dust raised in the media about the federal court kerfuffle surrounding the abortion pill mifepristone and its suppression by an Amarillo federal judge—initially delayed by the same judge and then delayed again twice by the Supreme Court of the United States. But while Planned Parenthood protests loudly about the horrors of possibly being deprived of its first choice of pills that kill babies, it is clear it has its own backup plan in place already.
As ALL’s Hugh Brown and Rita Diller recently pointed out, Planned Parenthood leaders from multiple states and at the national level are lashing out against the looming unavailability of mifepristone—the drug that is used as the first step in killing most of the children aborted every day in the US. Their very clearly stated plan is to skip step 1 of the current abortion pill cocktail—mifepristone—when it becomes unavailable to them. Mifepristone disrupts maternal support to the rapidly developing baby by breaking down the uterine lining.
Instead, they will proceed directly to what is now step 2 of the cocktail, misoprostol. And they will do this even though they admit it involves greater danger to the girls and women being given the drug. Misoprostol induces labor and begins the process of expelling the developing child.
Here are a few examples of statements by Planned Parenthood affiliate leaders.
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts: Ellen Frank, interim president and CEO of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM), plainly stated her intention to move on to misoprostol without first administering mifepristone when/if mifepristone is no longer available to her. In an April 8 media release, Frank said, “PPLM is still providing medication abortion care as usual in our health centers and via telehealth and is fully prepared to continue offering care with misoprostol, the other medication that safely and effectively ends a pregnancy, if necessary.” The media release was in response to the April 7 federal court ruling invalidating the FDA’s approval of mifepristone to end pregnancy.
PPLM’s VP of medical services chimed in, admitting the increased dangers of using misoprostol solo to abort babies: “Eliminating mifepristone . . . from the market will severely compromise abortion access [and] will force health care providers to offer medication for abortion . . . that is both less effective and with more severe side effects.
Planned Parenthood Alaska stated, “Medication abortion will continue to be available in Alaska. If eventually required, Planned Parenthood health centers in Alaska are prepared to switch to providing misoprostol-only medication abortion.”
Planned Parenthood of Michigan stated,
Let’s be clear—Planned Parenthood of Michigan will continue to provide safe and legal medication abortion to everyone who relies on us for care. But in response to this decision out of Texas, PPMI—like providers nationwide—is being forced to evaluate our protocols and prepare to shift to a misoprostol-only regimen if necessary.
Misoprostol-only abortion is safe, but it is slightly less effective. For patients, this means a higher number of medication abortions will require additional care, potentially forcing people to seek higher levels of abortion care later in pregnancy and placing additional—and sometimes insurmountable—barriers in front of them.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America has also joined in. At plannedparenthood.org, the website of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, it is perfectly clear that a shift to misoprostol-only abortions is in the works. Here one can easily find instructions on how to have a misoprostol-only abortion, what the results are, and what a girl or woman may see.
PP will continue pill abortions, with or without mifepristone.
These are only a few examples of the Planned Parenthood affiliates, as well as the national Planned Parenthood umbrella organization, preparing to shift to misoprostol-only abortions. It is very clear that Planned Parenthood’s plan is to go forward with what it dubs “medication abortion” with or without mifepristone, without a care for women’s health, and without a care for the babies they are killing.
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