Chemical Abortions: A New Battlefront

The time is coming when a woman who desires to have an abortion will be able to have one in the privacy of her home. All pro-life Christians should be grieved in their hearts at this sad turn of events.

According to an August 31, 1995 Wichita Eagle news article "Doctors can quickly and effectively induce abortions at home with a combination of two drugs already on the market for other uses, researchers reported in a study that could preempt the debate over whether to make the French abortion pill available in the United States." Dr. George Tiller (Wichita abortionist) is one of the U.S. test sites for this new procedure. So far, the procedure has worked over 90% of the time on women up to nine weeks pregnant.

The two drugs that are used are methotrexate (an anti-cancer drug) and misoprostol (an anti-ulcer drug). The procedure takes approximately seven to days to complete. First, the woman is given an injection of methotrexate in her arm or buttocks. She returns within a week to ten days later to the abortionist to have four misoprostol tablets placed in her vagina. Within about two days severe cramping and bleeding occur until she loses her baby. These drugs are already available and approved by the FDA for other purposes. However, the procedure has not been approved by the FDA. It is speculated that approval could take two to four years.

According to the September 16th, 1995 issue of WORLD magazine, American Life League President Judie Brown said "This chemical combination represents an additional way for those committed to death at any cost to chemically assault the innocent children whose mothers and fathers desire the privacy and confidentiality of killing." Mark Gietzen, local President of the Kansas Republican Coalition for Life stated in the September 1, 1995 edition of the Wichita Eagle that it "is just another convenient way to kill a child."

Dr. Bobomir Kuhar, executive director of Pharmacists for Life, said that the side effects of using these drugs can be quite serious, even deadly. For methotrexate: kidney damage, chromosomal damage, infertility, birth defects, induced cancer, liver toxicity, convulsions, vomiting, diarrhea, inflammation of the tongue, severe blood disorders, behavioral abnormalities, pneumonitis, fever, cough and death. Side effects of misoprostol include: spotting, cramps, excessive menstrual period, menstrual disorder, nausea, vomiting and headaches. (Information obtained from WORLD magazine, September 16, 1995, pg. 17).

As Christians, God has commanded in His Word for us to "truly love your neighbor as yourself." That is why it is most important that we stop this evil. It is disastrous both for the precious baby and for the mother. Not only are there serious physical consequences but there are also obvious psychological, moral and social consequences to this procedure as well. Has anyone even considered what happens to the woman and her baby if she stops mid-treatment? There are many other unanswered questions.

Article written by Chris Hilton
Reproduced with permission from the Central Christian Observer Vol. 2, Number 5, May 1996

Additional Reading:
The Real Inconvenient Truth

The Slippery Slope
Once government begins to define life and humanity, there is no end to the possibilities for subjective and selective determination as to who will be allowed to live.

The Death of a Nation
America has attempted to thwart God's plan in at least 30 million babies.

The End of Abortion
The widespread practice of abortion will end ... someday.

The Feminist Movement

Who are these women and what motivates them?

The Culture of Death
Bill Clinton's Final Solution

Partial Birth Abortion
The only difference between partial birth abortion and homicide is a mere three inches.

Seeking Common Ground on Abortion

Pro-Life Links

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