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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JULY 10, 2013 5:00 AM

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Planned Parenthood’s webcam abortions are not about access to abortion for women in rural Iowa. If they were, why would Planned Parenthood have set up webcams in its Susan Knapp Planned Parenthood near Drake University in Des Moines, plus Urbandale and Ankeny — all close to Planned Parenthood’s major abortion headquarters in Des Moines?

Webcam abortions are more profitable for Planned Parenthood and more risky for women. Planned Parenthood ignores FDA protocol on RU-486 also called “medication” abortions, offering them up to 63 days into a pregnancy when the FDA says they should not be done on women after 49 days.

Planned Parenthood also violates FDA rules by giving women a cheaper dosage of the RU-486 pill combination. Planned Parenthood cuts the Mifeprex pills from 3 to 1 and ups the misoprostol pills. Mifeprex is about $90 a pill, and misoprostol is about $1 a pill.

Does Planned Parenthood pass along these cost savings to women? No. Planned Parenthood’s webcam abortions cost the same ($300-800), if not more than a surgical abortion.

Medication abortions used in the webcam abortions take longer and are bloodier than a surgical abortion. It can be a very traumatic, because women have the abortion at home and have to deal with the body of the dead baby.

Medication abortions are more risky than surgical abortions. At least 11 women have died after a medication abortion, including five women in the United States.

The issue of webcam abortions in rural Iowa is that women experiencing these complications may not have access to life-saving emergency care. Planned Parenthood is certainly not equipped.

You may not agree with us on the issue of abortion, but we can all agree that webcam abortions are about profits for Planned Parenthood and not women’s health.

Jennifer Bowen
executive director
Iowa Right to Life


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