Overturning Roe v. Wade may open up a new pathway for abortion for Americans from an oversea telehealth provider. A dutch doctor is quickly becoming the most controversial provider of abortions in America.
Rebecca Gomperts, head of Aid Access, openly services 19 states that restrict access to telehealth abortions; the pills that they offer are received by mail. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, which will likely happen, abortion-by-mail is going to become more popular. Clinics are going to be harder to find and as pharmacies have stricter laws to abide by, there may be no other option.
Aid Access has been sending abortion pills to women for nearly two decades. They primarily focuses on countries where abortion is illegal or hard to find and there’s a growing market in the U.S. for them to focus on.
The difficult part of this equation is that Aid Access works outside of state and federal laws in the U.S. which makes it difficult. They typically provide mifepristone and misoprostol to women up to 10 weeks pregnant.
According to the FDA website, mifepristone “must be ordered, prescribed and dispensed by or under the supervision of a healthcare provider who prescribes and who meets certain qualifications,” and “healthcare providers who with to prescribe Mifeprex (mifepristone) must complete a Prescriber Agreement Form prior to ordering and dispensing Mifeprex.”
The FDA has already made attempts to stop Aid Access, but they continue to operate with near impunity. A letter from the FDA sent to Aid Access says, in part, “No approved applications pursuant to section 505 of the FD&C Act are in effect for this product (mifepristone and misoprostol). Accordingly, its introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate commerce violates sections 301(d) (21 U.S.C. 331(d) and 505(a) (21 U.S.C. 355(a) of the FD&C Act.”
Aid Access partners with U.S.-based physicians in states where telehealth abortion is legal and get tens of thousands of requests for pills from women across the country each year.
In the interview, she seems to see this as a financial opportunity with no foresight on how harmful abortion can be. Gomperts saw COVID-19 as a strategy to enter into business with many places in the U.S. because abortion pills by mail became mainstream and accessible when hospitals and local doctors offices had record visits.
Gomperts said, “Even if these laws take effect — all women, the moment they get to menstruation, they get a package of abortion pills. You don’t have to wait until somebody’s pregnant. That way, the laws don’t apply anymore.”
That statement is shocking. Mifepristone has a long list of side effects:
- Abdominal cramping
- Allergic reactions such as the closing of the throat, swelling of the lips, and tongue, or face
- Back pain
- Decreased hemoglobin greater than 2 g/dL
- Leg pain
- Pelvic pain
- Stomach pain
- Tired feeling
- Uterine bleeding
- Uterine cramping
- Vaginal discharge
- Viral infection
Giving these pills to every woman would be a massive mistake. The side effects would never be worth any “healthcare” measure Gomperts is trying to provide.