Sunday, May 23, 2010

Abortion As a "Miscarriage Experience"?

In Cedar Rapids, IA, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland president, Cecile Richards, was the keynote speaker at the recent 30 year anniversary celebration of the abortion cartel. She shared with fellow abortion activists the details of the telemed abortion scheme it has set up in Iowa in which women are instructed on the use of the dangerous drug, RU-486***, via a video conference. They are never seen by a physician. 
Sixteen small Planned Parenthood of the Heartland offices are administering the dangerous abortion drug in this way. Cecile Richards revealed her organization's strategy plan for 2015 that will expand drug-induced abortions into every Planned Parenthood clinic through the use of the "telemed abortion" scheme.

The pro-life group, Operation Rescue, spent weeks investigating the Iowa telemed abortion practice which deviates from the FDA protocols in both dosage and number of recommended office visits. The Iowa Board of Medicine is currently investigating the "care and treatment" practices of abortion practitioner Susan Haskell and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. With no emergency plan, not only will more babies die, there will also be a greater danger to women of serious medical complications or death. It is feared that Planned Parenthood's telemed abortion scheme is dangerous, illegal, and violates FDA protocols for usage of the drug. 

According to a receptionist at one of the clinics, "There wouldn’t be anything to go wrong in the medical procedure because you don’t do anything with that right away. You get one pill there in the clinic and that pill stops the pregnancy from growing. Then they give you four more pills, and those pills they send you home with, and they’ll give you the instructions on how and when you would take those."  

The first drug the woman takes doesn't just "stop the pregnancy from growing" but is intended to kill her baby by blocking progesterone, the hormone needed to maintain a pregnancy. The receptionist said, "There wouldn't be anything to go wrong" because things would only go awry for the mother after taking the other pills at home.

The secondary set of pills are intended to empty the womb of its contents by causing contractions. At this point in time, the woman is on her own at home to deal with the painful and risky part of the abortion. As Operation Rescue president, Troy Newman says, "I cannot imagine a woman going through the process of miscarriage, either natural or forced, and not having access to a physician, especially for follow-up care. Any number of things could go wrong, and to never actually be seen by a licensed doctor during the entire process seems risky at best, grossly negligent, and perhaps criminal.”

Newman is also emphatic to say, that if allowed to spread, this push-button abortion scheme will only increase the number of abortions at a time when abortion rates are actually falling and abortion clinics are closing. Nationally, abortion rates have dropped as the number of surgical abortion clinics has declined. In Iowa, however, abortion rates have remained steady because telemed abortions have offset the lower number of surgical abortions. 

Dr. Tom Ross, a PP physician in Iowa who implements the telemed system, refers to the RU-486 drugs as "medication" and the medical abortion as a "miscarriage experience." He is certain that he fulfills his legal obligation to oversee the abortion process and is also confident that the Iowa Medical Board will approve of the system which has been vetted by private lawyers. 

(please note that embedding information for the above video
on the kccitv YouTube channel has been disabled)

I would not call private lawyers the most qualified professionals to vet the issue since it was lawyers who legalized abortion in the first place with Roe v Wade in 1973. Never mind the fact that the continuation of the human race depends on live births, legal jargon defines an unwanted pregnancy as a "medical condition" as though it was an affliction or disease - and abortion gets rid of it. Describing RU-486 as a "medication" and medical abortion as a "miscarriage experience" is misguiding and only compounds the issue. Using such deceitfully "neutral language" is problematic because such terminology distances the person(s) from the action to the point of denying responsibility for the action.

Our culture has become adept at making abortion look rather benign - as a woman's right to choose - while maligning a woman's pregnancy directly and her fertility indirectly. The pro-abortion population avoids terms that would make the culture see abortion for what it really is - the intentional termination of a human life. Many post-abortive women bury the guilt of what they have done only to have it resurface years or even decades later. They eventually must face the very painful consequences of their decision.


***Below are two paragraphs from a pro-abortion website that are intended to describe how RU-486 works. Notice the language used, as it is very telling. It never refers to a baby or even a fetus - only a pregnancy that is expelled 6-8 hours after taking the second medication. And it leads the woman into thinking that it will be an easy experience.
Mifepristone blocks the hormone progesterone needed to maintain the pregnancy. Because this hormone is blocked, the uterine lining begins to shed, the cervix begins to soften and bleeding may occur. With the later addition of the second medication, misoprostol, the uterus contracts and the pregnancy is usually expelled within 6 to 8 hours.
The second paragraph is intended to emphasize a woman's choice, her control over her situation, and her sense of empowerment. It really has nothing to do with how RU-486 works, but everything to do with how they think a woman should feel in this situation. It describes the bleeding and cramping as "side effects" - as though they have nothing to do with the abortion itself.
Because the woman chooses when she takes the second medication within the time frame of 24 to 72 hours after the first medication, she has some control over the timing of when she expels the pregnancy and experiences the side effects of bleeding and cramping. Some women choose the Medical Abortion because of the privacy it offers. Some women feel empowered by taking an active role in the process.

About Operation Rescue®
Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the country and is a strong voice for the pro-life movement in America. Operation Rescue has its headquarters in a former abortion clinic that it bought and closed in 2006.  From there, Operation Rescue launches its innovative new strategies across the nation, exposing and closing abortion clinics through peaceful, legal means. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to stop abortion and ultimately restore legal personhood to the pre-born in obedience to biblical mandates.

Planned Parenthood President Says Telemed Abortion Scheme Going Nationwide
by Steven Ertelt
, Editor - May 21, 2010
Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue, 
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A special report from Operation Rescue By Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor

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