By Kevin Burke, LSW
Lifenews reports that on April 12th, Joe Biden’s administration issued a temporary halt to health and safety regulations on abortion drugs. Abortion facilities can now sell these dangerous chemicals directly through the mail without ever seeing the woman in person.
In this excerpt from our book Rivers of Blood/Oceans of Mercy, we look at the potential for serious emotional and physical trauma associated with “at home abortions.”
In March 2016 the FDA approved the use of the abortion pill, Mifespristone for women up to 10 weeks pregnant. Close to 40% percent of abortions in the United States are chemical abortions and this number will likely continue to rise.
Couples often rationalize that the abortion pill merely initiates an early miscarriage. They are tempted to see the pills as an easier solution than a medical procedure at the abortion center. However the actual experience of the abortion pill can be a shocking and traumatic event.
A woman shares her experience:
“I was 6 weeks pregnant and after an extended period of severe cramping the child was delivered in our bathroom. My partner had to fish the tiny child out of the toilet.”
The father buried their child in their back yard. He frequently visited the “grave site” as he struggled to process the grief and trauma of that event. They found significant emotional and spiritual healing of that experience by attending a Rachel’s Vineyard weekend, but they remain wounded by that abortion individually, and as a couple.
Counselor Cullen Herout shares about the psychological and physical trauma associated with chemical abortion in the home:
“…if we acknowledge that some women experience traumatic responses to abortion, it is equally vital to acknowledge that with a medical abortion, the locus of that trauma moves from a surgical center to the woman’s home… Sensory stimuli associated with the traumatic experience might trigger acute anxiety, disturbing mental images or other negative sensory flashbacks. Sometimes these triggers happen consciously, and sometimes they do not. But if a woman has a negative abortion experience, she is likely to develop negative thoughts and emotions that can be triggered by any reminders of that experience.
If the locus of a negative abortion experience is a surgical center, it is less difficult to avoid triggers that might elicit negative thoughts or emotions. If driving by the abortion clinic on the way home from work brings anxiety, it is easy to take a different route home. If reminders of the sound of the abortion machine bring a sense of panic, it is easy to escape a situation and move oneself to a different location.
We need to increase our efforts to educate the public about the reality of chemical abortion. Women and their partners need to understand the psychological risks of at-home abortions and the likely individual and relational impact of labor and delivery of early pregnancies in the home. – Crisis Magazine 
Life News reports on the medical risks associated with the abortion pill:
“A 2009 study “Immediate Complications After Medical Compared With Surgical Termination of Pregnancy,” in Obstetrics and Gynecology found a complication rate of approximately 20 percent for the abortion drugs compared to 5.6 percent for surgical abortions. Hemorrhages and incomplete abortions were among the most common complications.”
Read the full Life News article here.
Learn more about the book Rivers of Blood/Oceans of Mercy.
A young couple falls deeply in love. After dating for a number of years they face an unplanned pregnancy and decide to have an abortion. The relationship ends a few months after the procedure. Years later the couple reconnects via social media. This is their story.
 Herout, C. (April 7, 2017). Trauma Associated with Do-it-yourself Abortions Crisis Magazine. Crisismagazine.com