As states move to enact stronger abortion laws with the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the abortion industry has turned to promoting dangerous and deadly abortion pills, including through a dark and dangerous online market fueled by overseas abortion pill mills. There are over a dozen websites that sell these illegal murder pills without a doctor’s prescription. Since the tightening of abortion laws, there has been an uptick in demand for the questionable and costly abortion pills. Multiple websites list their sources in India or Vietnam.
Abortion pills are not only costly to the pocketbook; they are costly to the woman who is so desperate to obtain them that she orders them from an unapproved website that sells pills not approved by the FDA. It is unconscionable that rather than supporting pregnant women in crisis in carrying their babies, the abortion industry has promoted illegal and reckless do-it-yourself abortions by mail, even from unapproved and unregulated sources. In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, the Food and Drug Administration noted that these illegal abortion pill mill operations threaten women’s safety: “Drugs that have circumvented regulatory safeguards may be contaminated, counterfeit, contain varying amounts of active ingredients, or contain different ingredients altogether.”
Senator Steve Daines, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Pro-Life Caucus, is also alarmed by these dangerous and illegal mail-order abortions, stating: “For too long the abortion industry has been taking advantage of vulnerable women. The abortion industry’s reckless promotion of do-it-yourself abortions from illegal overseas pill mills as a response to the Dobbs decision put women in dangerous situations that they are oftentimes forced to deal with alone at home. This not only ends the life of an unborn child, it endangers the mother’s life as well. It is shameful that the Biden administration is promoting mail-order abortions and doing nothing to stop these dangerous and illegal abortion pills.”
The mother’s life is just as valuable as the child’s life that she carries within. There are many other alternatives for the mother that do not include aborting her own child. From local pregnancy resource centers to adoption agencies, there are options that will protect the mother’s life as well as the life of her unborn child.
With a majority of abortions now occurring by chemical abortions, the pro-life movement must work to end the dark and dangerous online market for abortion pills by mail and redouble its efforts to provide women with life-affirming alternatives to abortion.