Industry ‘advising’ women experiencing complications to claim they are miscarrying
Nov 6, 2021
By Carole Novielli
Live Action News
Abortion pill complications arising from incomplete abortion in the UK seem to mirror recently published data from a study in the U.S. According to Kevin Duffy, a former Global Director of Clinics Development at MSI Reproductive Choices (formerly Marie Stopes International), nearly 6% of women (as many as 1 in 17 pregnant women) who obtained a so-called ‘medical abortion’ (abortion pill) in the UK were subsequently treated for complications and needed hospital treatment arising from an incomplete abortion.
Duffy noted in a recent blog post that the information comes from freedom of information (FOIA) requests by a team of researchers in the UK to each of the 127 National Health Service (NHS) Trusts and Foundation Trusts, which provide acute hospital services and general and emergency services.
According to Duffy, the FOIA request asked for reports on the number of women who presented to each hospital “with retained products of conception (RPOC) after medically induced abortion” as well as “the threshold volume of bleeding required for coding and reporting of hemorrhage… after starting a medically induced abortion” between June 1, 2019, and May 31, 2021.
Based on information from those who responded to the FOIA request, Duffy and his team found that “5.9% of women using medical abortion are subsequently treated in hospital for complications arising from an incomplete abortion, including retained products of conception, haemorrhage, and infection,” Duffy claimed.
In addition, researchers found that a subset of that number included “3.0% of women [who] require a surgical evacuation of retained products of conception” and “2.3% of women having an induced medical abortion [who] are subsequently treated at an NHS hospital for haemorrhage.”
Duffy claims the 5.9% complication rate is consistent with data reported in a Marie Stopes Australia’s published 2020 report which shows that in 2020 the overall complication rate of chemical abortion was 6.37% with clinical outcomes of incomplete abortions at 4.95%.
“We are aware that some women might have presented at these hospitals with [retained products of conception] RPOC saying that they were having a miscarriage, rather than admitting to using the abortion pills, in which case these rates may be understated,” Duffy wrote.
Duffy also claimed their researchers were “aware that some women with complications arising from their medical abortion treatment failure may have subsequently attended one of the BPAS or MSI abortion clinics and that these will not be included in the rates above,” he also stated.
The data, according to Duffy, also revealed that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is “not reporting medical abortion treatment failure as a complication, even though at least 5.9% of women using the abortion pills need hospital treatment because of this failure.”
In early 2020, the UK began allowing women to obtain chemical abortions via telemedicine, and Live Action News previously reported that between 2019 and 2020, Duffy found that emergency calls for follow-up care after a chemical abortion increased by 54% when extrapolated across England and Wales. In addition, related ambulance responses rose by 19%.
A report from Right to Life UK noted how Duffy also found evidence from the NHS which showed that complication rates from the abortion pill are actually five times greater than what is being reported by the Department for Health and Social Care for England and Wales.
“Since approval of telemedicine abortion in England and Wales, 12,000 women have been treated in hospital for complications arising from medical abortion treatment failure,” Duffy claimed in a recent tweet.
UK data mirrors US data
The UK’s 6% complication rate is similar to findings published in a recent U.S. Telabortion study, where the abortion industry’s push for unregulated over the counter abortion drugs (available to minors) is reaching a fever pitch.
According to the study, sponsored by Gynuity Health Projects (GHP), a group funded by organizations with deep historic ties to the American eugenics movement, “Of the 1157 abortions with outcome information, 95% were complete abortions without a procedure,” the authors wrote. This translates into a 5% failure rate in a study that implemented more stringent safety requirements than usual.
The TelAbortion study also revealed that 6% of “known outcomes” from the abortion pill were severe enough to result in emergency room or urgent care visits, with additional women experiencing serious adverse events. If we extrapolate that number out nationally using figures based on Guttmacher Institute’s 2017 total of 339,640 chemical abortions, this could result in nearly 20,380 women per year seeking care at an ER or urgent care facility after taking the abortion pill.
The abortion industry knows that the abortion pill can fail, and when it does, women are often told to return for additional medication or a surgical abortion. In addition, the industry is advising women experiencing abortion pill complications to report to an emergency department and falsely claim that they are miscarrying.
This kind of deception will distort the true number of abortion pill complications already sparsely collected, since there are no federal requirements within the US to report any abortion complications.
Since 2016, under the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) safety system known as REMS, the abortion pill manufacturer Danco Laboratories and their generic GenBioPro are no longer required to report complications — just deaths. Yet, despite requirements that deaths be reported regularly to the FDA, the latest published data on deaths from abortion pills is nearly three years old.
Repeated requests to the FDA from Live Action News for updated numbers has failed to produce results. A recent e-mail from a spokesperson of the FDA to Live Action News states, “At this time, the December 2018 link is the most current version of the summary report posted. As indicated on the FDA’s Mifeprex webpage, the agency plans to update the summary report posting on the Mifeprex webpage on an annual basis or as otherwise appropriate. At this time, the FDA does not have an expected date when it plans to post an updated summary report.”
And, while we wait for updated data from the FDA, the abortion lobby is busy shipping handfuls of “advanced provision abortion pills” to women without confirmation of pregnancy and with little — if any — medical oversight.
[Editor’s note: This story originally was published by Live Action News.]
Survey shows most states don’t bother inspecting abortion businesses
‘For all the talk about women’s rights, there appears to be little concern for their health and safety’
By Bob Unruh November 6, 2021
A new national survey by Operation Rescue, the pro-life organization that once bought a building that had been an abortion business so that it could not reopen, has discovered that some half of the states and the District of Columbia exempt abortion facilities from regular inspections.
The organization said in its report that it found 19 states and D.C. “exempt abortion facilities from regular inspections. This means that, except for the possibility rare inspection based on a complaint, these facilities are never inspected.”
That affects nearly one-third of all abortion businesses in the country.
Further, four states do not conduct inspections, with some exceptions, and three states have only one abortion facility that qualifies for inspection. One state inspects only if an undefined “adverse event” is reported, leaving 77 abortion businesses in those states that are not subject to inspection.
Only 27 states allow regular inspections of their 417 abortion businesses, but 17 of those states “do not appear to follow statutory inspection requirements.”
“Only 10 states with a total of 54 abortion locations appeared to follow statutory inspection requirements,” the report says.
Operation Rescue officer Cheryl Sullenger explained in the document the issue arose back in February of 2010 when a routine police raid turned into the shocking Kermit Gosnell murder case in Philadelphia.
What police found, she explained, “was an illegal late-term abortion business where viable babies were gruesomely murdered after having been born alive during appallingly shoddy abortions amid the most squalid conditions imaginable.”
The following year a grand jury unveiled a 282-page report that blamed part of the problem on “a political climate that took a ‘hands off’ approach to abortion facility oversight. For years, no abortion facilities were inspected, and complaints were ignored. In fact, Gosnell’s abortion business had not been inspected by the Department of Health for 17 years, despite numerous complaints and two patient deaths during that time,” she reported.
The result was that several states decided to require inspections, and provided that the details be available to the public.
But in the years since, “it appears that the urgency to ensure that abortion facilities are regularly inspected has passed,” she documented.
So it asked states for copies of inspections regarding 709 abortion businesses, and it got reports from just 17 states related to 117 facilities.
“Abortion facilities in three states may have been inspected, but we were denied access to those reports. Oklahoma denied our request because a new state law prohibits releasing information about abortion facilities to the public. Arkansas denied our request because it only releases public records to state residents. Ohio simply ignored our repeated requests without comment. This three states account for 16 total abortion facilities, or 2 percent of all abortion locations,” the report said.
“Allowing abortion facilities to be inspected only when complaints are filed is almost useless. The California example is a case in point. While complaints allowed for eight abortion facilities to be at least partially inspected, it left another 141 abortion sites to evade inspections, which can lead to the deterioration of the facility and practices, as it did Gosnell’s case and many others,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue. “We know there are still abortion clinics out there that are dangerously cutting corners and placing women at risk. Regulators are either missing them or ignoring them.”
The survey found, essentially, that “a shocking 92 percent of all U.S. abortion facilities have the potential of not receiving inspections.”
Further, several states suspended their inspections because of COVID-19.
“These states are allowing the fox to guard the hen house. It is dangerous and a dereliction of their duty to protect the public,” said Newman.
Common violations found when inspections are done include a failure to properly sterilize equipment, wash hands, or keep the facility clean. Other common deficiencies include the failure to properly label drugs or discard them after expiration, failure to keep the crash cart adequately stocked and functioning, failure to monitor women in recovery, and failure to ensure women are stable before being discharged, Operation Rescue confirmed.
“A few abortion facilities even have been cited for failure to report suspected child sex abuse.”
“We are facing a dire health crisis created by a massive regulatory failure across 40 states of the kind condemned by Kermit Gosnell’s grand jury. When abortion facilities are not inspected, no one knows what kind of corners are being cut or what laws are being broken,” said Newman. “Regulatory failure on this scale is a national disgrace. For all the talk about women’s rights, there appears to be little concern for their health and safety – and no regulatory concern whatsoever about the lives of the babies in the womb.”
Biden Solicitor General to Make Oral Arguments on Behalf of Abortion Industry Against Life in Monumental Case That Could Upend Roe v. Wade
By Jordan Sekulow| October 15
President Biden just took MASSIVE action at the Supreme Court, possibly solidifying his place as the most ANTI-LIFE PRESIDENT IN HISTORY.
We’ve told you how we’re currently engaged in a landmark legal case that could overturn Roe v. Wade and save countless innocent unborn babies.
The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, is over Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban that would directly challenge the legal fallacies and constitutional contortionism of Roe v. Wade – the landmark decision that legalized abortion throughout the United States in 1973. As we told you, we’ve already filed three amicus briefs in this case.
The abortion industry knows this could be the beginning of the end for its billion-dollar empire. But its biggest supporter, President Joe Biden, seems bound and determined to do whatever he can to support abortion on demand at the expense of innocent babies’ lives. That probably shouldn’t be surprising given that Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby donated millions to the Biden presidential campaign, as well as other pro-abortion politicians on the Left in 2020. Just as we said he would, President Biden reversed pro-life regulations, allowing millions in taxpayer funds to go right back to funding abortion in just his first few weeks in office.
Now the Biden Administration’s Supreme Court legal team at the Department of Justice (DOJ) – AKA the acting Solicitor General – has just intervened as amicus and will be making oral argument ON BEHALF OF THE ABORTION INDUSTRY at the Supreme Court in the major case that will decide the future of Roe v. Wade. President Biden’s acting Solicitor General, Brian H. Fletcher, was just granted leave to intervene as amicus (“friend of the court”’) and present oral argument in the case in support of abortion, splitting expanded argument time with the attorneys for the abortion industry itself.
This is becoming typical of the Biden Administration. If a state passes a law that even leans in favor of protecting life and hampers the radical Left’s abortion agenda, President Biden’s team inserts itself into the fray. It’s a similar tactic to the one President Biden employed in Texas after the state passed a crucial life-saving law banning abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy or when a heartbeat is detected. Despite demands from the abortion industry, the Supreme Court refused to block the law, known as the Texas Heartbeat Act.
Upset that the Supreme Court wouldn’t do what the abortion industry wanted, President Biden’s Department of Justice filed a lawsuit to block the State of Texas from enforcing its heartbeat law, as we reported. The former head of Planned Parenthood expressed exuberance at President Biden’s decision to intervene on behalf of abortionists everywhere, falsely calling the pro-life Texas law “unconstitutional and cruel.” More cruel than callously aborting thousands of defenseless babies every day? More unconstitutional than the legally sanctioned killing of human babies, and even selling their organs and body parts on the black market?
Sadly, a federal judge did side with the Biden DOJ and blocked the law. But fortunately, in the latest installment of this back-and-forth saga, we were happy to report the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated the law, allowing it to once again save lives – at least temporarily, as the Biden DOJ has filed its response at the 5th Circuit, and now we await the next ruling.
This is going to be a critical term at the Supreme Court as the case that will ultimately decide other cases, like the Texas case, is already pending with an oral argument scheduled for December 1st. We are prepared to support unborn babies all the way to the Supreme Court, including this case in Mississippi that could strike right at the heart of Roe v. Wade and devastate the abortion industry.
At the same time, we’re also representing Governor Kristi Noem and the State of South Dakota in federal appeals court, fighting for a state law to be upheld that could save numerous babies.
The ACLJ has been defending unborn babies and fighting abortion on demand for over 30 years. And now we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – RIGHT NOW – to deliver a devastating defeat to the abortion industry and save countless lives.
As we’re battling the seemingly limitless resources of the taxpayer-funded abortion industry and President Biden at the Supreme Court, we need you to take action with us to save babies. Sign our URGENT Petition.