Abortion Pill "Safe," Says HHS Secretary. The Truth?

Jul 7, 2022

Recently, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra promised to increase access to chemical abortions to all U.S. women in the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Becerra described the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization as “despicable,” and pledged to make access to abortion a priority—especially access to chemical abortions which he claims are “critical” and “safe."

It goes without saying the abortion pill is not “safe” for the baby, but what about the dangers to women?

The truth is chemical abortions can have adverse and devastating complications including excruciating pain, profuse bleeding, incomplete abortions, or severe infections that cause conditions like endometritis, oophoritis, parametritis, and salpingitis. Studies show that 10% of women will suffer complications following a chemical abortion; one fifth of those complications will be life threatening.

Post-abortion infections are often the result of an ascending bacterial infection that moves through the cervix to the uterus. If untreated, the infection can spread to the fallopian tubes and lead to infertility. Women who have used mifepristone and misoprostol to abort will also be put at a much higher risk for breast and cervical cancers.

Aside from the physical traumas a chemical abortion can leave on the female body, the psychological impact is arguably just as devastating. We now face an epidemic of distraught and isolated women who struggle with depression, PTSD, substance abuse, sleep disorders, eating disorders and more psychological consequences following their abortions. Studies show that women have a 154% increased risk of suicide following chemical abortion. Women who have had a chemical abortion will also have a 65% increased risk of developing clinical depression.  

It is clear chemical abortions come with great risks that women need to know about and which were not acknowledged by Sec. Becerra as he stopped just shy of saying HHS would be distributing the abortion pill through the mail. Instead, he told reporters HHS is weighing many options and to “stay tuned” to the possibility.

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