Abortionists nationwide are expected to begin offering
drug-induced abortions to women within a few weeks, as a result of
the Food and Drug Administration's announcement this morning which
approved the long-pending application of Danco Laboratories
to market mifepristone (commonly known as RU-486). The drug will
be marketed under the brand name Mifeprex.
Tim and Terri Palmquist, co-chairmen of LifeSavers Ministries,
were interviewed today by local television news channels 23, 29/58,
and 17. The Bakersfield Californian newspaper also interviewed
Tim Palmquist. The Palmquists' comments focused on the local
impact of the availability of drug-induced abortions.
(As always, the primary focus was on how this will impact
the women LSM deals with who seek to have their babies
aborted here in Bakersfield.)
Here is a basic outline of the Palmquists' response to this
This abortion pill procedure kills a baby whose heart is
already beating. In most situations, by the time a woman
has realized that her period is late, her baby's heart has
already begun to function. This is NOT just a "blob of
tissue" which is being "flushed out."
The pro-abortion movement wants Americans to believe
that an RU-486 abortion is an "early" abortion which stops
a pregnancy before the baby has been formed. This is the
same pro-abortion movement which has been actively fighting
in Washington against the criminalization of killing newborn
babies in recent days. Americans who care about their freedom
will consider the source, and reject this radical pro-abortion
Drug-induced abortions are actually harder on women than
most surgical abortions:
Mifepristone is not just a "pill", it requires a process
involving at least 3 doctor visits within a two-week time
period. Contrary to the impression given by pro-abortion
advocates, more time is involved in a drug-induced abortion
than in a surgical abortion.
The number of visits and the amount of time involved is
going to make this more difficult for poor women. We
often see women who come for abortions on the bus, or who
deceive friends or neighbors to give them a ride without
telling them what it is for. It will be much more difficult
for such women to deal with the logistics of a drug-induced
The length of time involved in the drug-induced abortion
process will cause women to experience more emotional
trauma. Just the other day, a woman told Terri that the
only way she could get through her abortion was to make
sure that she didn't think about the baby until it was
over. A woman like this who undergoes a drug-induced
abortion will go through a longer period of turmoil.
With a drug-induced abortion, there is much more
likelihood that the woman will actually see the baby after
it has been expelled from her body. This, too, will
undoubtedly cause a great deal of trauma to many women.
The process is commonly painful, with excessive bleeding
and nausea being common side-effeccts. About 1 out of every
100 women who have a mifepristone abortion will need to be
hospitalized due to complications, and about 2 out of every
100 women will need surgery because of excessive bleeding.
An Iowa woman almost bled to death because of this drug when
it was being tested.
The drug is designed to wage war against the woman's own
natural hormonal processes. This cannot be good for women's
health. In summary, even if the value of the baby is not
considered, this drug should be rejected on the basis of
women's health concerns alone.
What will we do in response to the increased likelihood of
drug-induced abortions in Bakersfield?
Increased availability: We are extending the hours at the
LifeHouse, so that we will no longer focus on just being
available to women on Mondays and Tuesdays (the surgical
abortion days in Bakersfield). Starting this week, the
LifeHouse will also be open for several hours on Wednesdays,
Thursdays, and Fridays. We are also now available to women
24 hours a day from the telephone outside the LifeHouse.
Increased efforts to identify and monitor local pro-abortion
doctors. We will soon begin an effort to determine which
local doctors will be committing drug-induced abortions,
and we will inform the community about any doctors we
discover. We will also undoubtedly hear reports regarding
doctors who are committing drug-induced abortions from many
clients who come to the LifeHouse for pregnancy tests, and
we will begin to compile this information and to inform the
community about the offending doctors when it is appropriate.