ACPeds Warns Against Mail-Order Abortion Pill Access

9 October 2020

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Quentin Van Meter, MD, FCP, President 

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Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States allowed for mail-order delivery of mifepristone (Mifeprex), a drug that is used in first-trimester medical abortions, by sending a case back to a lower district court. 

As documented in our scientific statement, “When Human Life Begins”, the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) is opposed to the killing of all innocent human life from the moment of conception whether by medical or surgical abortion. However, allowing mail-order delivery of the abortion pill (Mifeprex) not only threatens unborn lives, but also the lives of women. By not picking up the abortion pill in-person, women are not adequately informed about their options or warned about health risks. For example, women are at risk of developing an infection and/or excessive bleeding that could require a blood transfusion. In addition, if a woman has an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy and uses the abortion pill, she may very well die.

ACPeds Board Member and pediatrician Jane Anderson, MD states, “At a minimum, even pro-abortion physicians should agree that optimal health care requires that women be accurately informed of all possible options and complications before using the abortion pill.” 

About the American College of Pediatricians

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) is a national medical association of licensed physicians and healthcare professionals who specialize in the care of infants, children, and adolescents. It was founded by a group of concerned physicians who saw the need for a pediatric organization that would not be influenced by the politically driven pronouncements of the day. The mission of the ACPeds is to enable all children to reach their optimal physical and emotional health and well-being. The ACPeds is committed to fulfilling its mission by producing sound policy, based upon the best available research, to assist parents and to influence society in the endeavor of childrearing. 

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