Fake abortion pills are flooding the internet with the help of institutional media

According to Politico, sellers have flooded the internet with illegal and unregulated chemical abortion pills, after corporate media outlets publicly promoted do-it-yourself chemical abortions.

Unregulated online sellers pose a threat to women’s health by illegally selling abortion pills that may be expired or counterfeit, according to a report in Politico. Several media outlets have promoted the use of the abortion pill on the black market with articles outlining where to get it, how to make it or how to take it in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

A CNBC article told readers on June 27 that abortion pills were approved for the first 10 weeks of pregnancy in the United States. The article was named a foreign abortion pill seller who sells to Americans online and links to a YouTube series on how to safely administer abortion pills. .

The New York Times told readers how they could order abortion pills online through foreign drug companies in a May 9 article titled “Medical abortions on the rise: What and where women are getting them.”

The article in The Times said the abortion pills were safe and effective, provided a link to an outside company that sells the pills in the US, and assured readers that women are rarely prosecuted for performing illegal abortions, and laws restricting foreign abortion pills are rarely enforced.

Vice News highlighted a tutorial for making abortion pills at home from drugs for horses. The May 4 article linked to a 17-minute tutorial on how to make misoprostol tablets and speculated that “the video will likely help at least some people seeking an abortion.”

A quick Google search for “buy electronic technology online” returns many results for websites selling the non-commercial version of the abortion drug misoprostol, and Politico reported that many of the providers in the top results are illegally selling the drug.

Politico reports that women who order abortion pills online may have their credit card numbers stolen or dangerous counterfeit drugs sold. If they get the real misoprostol, the abortion-inducing drug, and take it without a doctor’s direction, they risk serious health complications because they haven’t had an ultrasound to diagnose a possible ectopic pregnancy or determine how long it will take to get pregnant, according to the Charlotte Lawrence Institute.

Chemical abortion pills don’t cure ectopic pregnancies, and women with an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy can miss treatment and risk bleeding and death, according to the Pro-Life Institute. Women who misestimate gestational age and undergo chemical abortions later in pregnancy than intended are at greater risk of surgery and infection.

CNBC, The Times and Vice did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s requests for comment.

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