Turner/ Long / Teruya
May 16, 2013
Can you imagine delivering a fetus by yourself? Not something you do every day, but that’s what Jennie Linn McCormack, a teenage mother, went through on a lonely Christmas Eve. She delivered a dead fetus prior to taking a dangerous abortion pill. (“The Rise of DIY Abortions” Ada Calhoun) She, like many other low-income women have taken the easier, cheaper route of ingesting risky abortion medications to exterminate unwanted pregnancies. This dangerous method of termination is becoming more frequently used as legal abortions become increasingly high-priced. DIY abortions, or “Do-it-yourself”, are extremely dangerous. The effects are fatal and usually cause death. Staying aware of the effects are crucial to saving thousands of lives. This paper will investigate the consequences and causes of illegal, DIY abortions.
Methods to terminate pregnancies have been around since 500 B.C. There are too many various techniques to list, but women up until present day have attempted self-induced abortions with mercury, quinine, pennyroyal, iron sulfates, and a mixture of camel saliva and deer hair. (“The Rise of DIY Abortions” Ada Calhoun) Such methods were conducted because of the lack of knowledge and technology. Today, a much greater threat stands. Highly dangerous over-the-counter medications have become readily available for women to use. This is a dilemma because these medications are not legal or safe. On the other hand, these pills are cheap and easy to execute. This is the reason why women see these pills as a preferred choice over long, pricey terminations.
Technology has a play in to this complication as well for it allows this medication to be widely and easily available to a greater crowd. McCormack ordered such abortion pills on the Internet for $200. There was no legitimate company name or identification, but the pills were delivered to her and she proceeded to take them. McCormack...
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