By Rita Diller
The 20-year-old mother laments, “I remember somehow getting to the toilet, it was unbearable the pain, and that’s when I passed my baby. I looked down and saw him. It wasn’t like a heavy period, it was like a baby. I must have flushed it down the toilet, and I remember just falling to my knees. . . . It’s not just a group of cells, it’s a baby. It’s not what they tell you it is.”
Natalia had initially wanted to “get rid of” her child when she found out she was pregnant, but she was hesitant. The longer she waited the more attached she got to her baby. Neither her friends nor her baby’s father was supportive of her parenting. She held onto the pills she was given to take at home for three weeks, hoping the entire time that someone would try to talk her out of it—or that her baby’s father or her friends would see what distress she was in and support her in parenting.
The staff at the place where she got the pills had seen her three times, and she was too emotionally upset all three times to take the pills, so they sent her home to take them “where she would be more comfortable.” No one ever stepped forward with even a word of encouragement to support her in bringing her child to term. Eventually, the friends dissolved the pills that she could not swallow, and she drank the poison that killed her baby. She says it was fear that eventually convinced her to do it. Afterward, she lay in bed alone for three days “bleeding through the mattress” and not wanting to move.
“I just wish I knew everything back then that I know now,” she says after drying her tears. “I would tell that poor girl [myself] to leave . . . straightaway.”
Natalia’s heartbreaking story appears on a March for Life UK video. Scores of similar tragic stories appear around the Internet. There is a move in some circles to deny that women are victims of abortion. The truth is that many, many times these young women are completely victimized by the people who should be supporting them amid the fear that media, friends, and others with influence have stirred up in them. Fear that a baby will ruin their lives. Fear that the child will destroy a relationship. Fear that they are too young to parent. So much fear, so little support. And the abortion pill regimen—given to them to take home where they can be “more comfortable”—results in pools of blood in which they lie after the trauma of delivering their baby whom, in many instances, they wanted with all their heart. It’s incredibly heartless and sad to claim that these women are not victimized, bullied, and forced into abortions they do not want. And the do-it-at-home regimen of pills makes it 100% easier and more convenient to victimize and abuse girls and women.
Today, more than half of all abortions are committed via the pill regimen—a regimen described as being like a heavy period with cramping, when, indeed, women like Natalia describe the experience as similar to being stabbed in the stomach. That kind of trauma is not something that a person ever “gets over.” The loss of the child and his progeny is beyond calculation.
In 2021, Planned Parenthood operated 55% of all US abortion facilities. It operated 83% of all abortion facilities that commit pill-only abortions. STOPP’s recent research shows that Planned Parenthood’s profit margin on pill abortions is exorbitant. For example, mifepristone (Mifeprex) is currently available for retail purchase at both CVS and Target pharmacies for $33.47 through a GoodRX discount. Misoprostol—the second medication used in tandem with Mifeprex to finish the abortion—is available to the public at Walmart and Walgreens for under $3 for two pills via a GoodRX discount. (Misoprostol is said to be 85% effective in causing abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy on its own, even without the use of mifepristone.)
Planned Parenthood says it charges around $580 for the pill abortion but that it can go as high as $800! With numbers like that at play, it is easy to see why Planned Parenthood and other abortionists continue shifting their abortion business toward the pill regimen with all their might. When it comes to Planned Parenthood, follow the money trail—the one littered with dead babies and brokenhearted moms.