Friday, July 11, 2008

Online Abortions?

More and more women from countries and areas which do not allow abortions are turning to the Web to find help. And a significant portion of those end up in hospitals.

According to an article from the BBC, many girls in countries and other areas where abortion is illegal are purchasing drugs from what amount to activist websites. While less than 10% are actually taking the drugs they purchase, over 10% of those who do need medical treatment afterward, either because the drug failed to complete the abortion or due to excessive bleeding.

A poll of 200 such women revealed the majority were grateful for having been able to abort this way, while just over 30% said they felt stressed, but the experience was bearable.

While anti-abortion activists consider the sites offering these treatments dangerous, the article makes the case by including testimony from various women whose personal stories provide a positive backdrop. One such woman has a medical condition which precludes her from childbirth; pregnancy could be deadly for her. She was in Thailand when she discovered she was pregnant and tried several disreputable sites before finding Women on the Web, and noted the medicines came in unmarked bottles without instructions. WoW stayed in constant communications with her via e0mail, and the pills arrived with complete instructions and doctor's orders.

While some organizations and individuals credit WoW as being reputable, they note that it is encouraging women in some areas to break the law. Anti-abortion activists said this was a 'further trivialization of the unborn child.'

The Weirding's position on the matter is simple: people who are against abortion should have to provide a safe home and environment for every child they "save," as well as health care, clothing, food, and extended education.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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