As I have repeatedly stated making abortions illegal will not stop women from trying to have abortions. Making it difficult for women to have access to safe abortions will lead to medical complications and in some cases death. In India women are turning to online pharmacies to get the drugs Mifepristone or RU 486 and misoprostol . These are not drugs that should be taken without the supervision of a doctor as they have very serious side effects. In cases where a woman has conditions such as underlying heart disease, respiratory disorders, liver and kidney disorders, hypertension, these drugs should not be used. According to Asha Sharma, head of gynaecology department at Rockland Hospital“Several youngster like college girls and professional also come to me, of which at least 30 per cent are those who fail to get proper results from the do it yourself medicines,”
A study conducted by British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology review said women living in over 70 countries, especially where abortion is restricted are using the internet to buy DIY medication for abortions. Unsafe abortions are responsible for even deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare statistics approximately 9,000 women die every year in India due to unsafe abortions.
The ability to have a safe medically supervised abortion is a matter of life and death for women globally. Despite whatever moral reservations an individual may have towards abortion if they truly respect life they need to recognize that there are many instances in which abortion is a life saving procedure. Is it better that both mother and foetus die? If you truly respect life, you must respect the life that is already inhabiting this planet with you.
9,000 is a large number of women to die and that is only the result of one country. How many women die globally each year because they were denied access to abortion? How many women end up with serious medical conditions because they do not have access to safe abortions? If you value life at some point you have to recognize the grave yard of female bodies that is being created because some feel that they the right to force their morality on others. When I think of abortion I don't think about the foetuses, I think of graveyards filled with women who died from botched illegal abortions. I think of the contributions that they could have added to this world, the potential lost forever.