Media outlet promotes DIY abortion pills — Analysis
Vice responded to the leakage of SCOTUS Roe v. Wade decision by promoting DIY abortion pills
US media went further than condemning the Supreme Court draft decision that would reject constitutional protections for abortion rights. Vice News even promoted a video showing how to make abortion pills at home with an active ingredient also useful in treating ulcers in horses.
The drug misoprostol. “is relatively easy to acquire from veterinary sources,” Vice’s Motherboard account said on Tuesday in a Twitter post promoting the article. An instructional video of 17 minutes was produced for the article. “anarchist collective”The process of making DIY pills was briefly described.
While acknowledging that it couldn’t speak to the safety of taking DIY abortion pills, Vice touted misoprostol’s efficacy in terminating pregnancies and defended the idea of offering such instructions. “In a progressive and just world, abortions would be free and safely administered by medical professionals,”According to the article. “But we have seen time and time again that attacks on abortion access lead to less safe abortion alternatives performed by a patient themselves or without medical supervision.”
Because Misoprostol can be obtained from veterinary sources and is also medically used to induce abortions, misoprostol makes it relatively simple to obtain. https://t.co/nglKSGjXA0
— Motherboard (@motherboard) May 3, 2022
This article is just one example of extreme media reactions to the draft Supreme Court ruling leaked to Politico on Monday night. Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the ruling as valid on Tuesday. It would reverse Roe v. Wade which declared abortion a constitutional rights in 1973. The ruling, if it is made as planned, would allow state governments to determine abortion rights.
MSNBC contributor Elie Mystal agreed with the court’s finding that the framers of the US Constitution didn’t guarantee abortion rights, saying, “The founding fathers didn’t recognize abortion as a fundamental right because the founding fathers were racist, misogynist jerkfaces who didn’t believe that women had any rights at all.”NBC News published an article about the potential health hazards that the ruling would pose for women.
Vice complained that it would be necessary to provide instructions about DIY abortion pills. “speaks to the horrifying nature of the world we’re finding ourselves in and the potential lengths women might need to go to have an abortion in a world without the protections of Roe v. Wade.”
It’s ironic that the pill’s active ingredient is a horse medicine, inasmuch as Vice and other media outlets mocked podcast host Joe Rogan last year for saying he used ivermectin to recover from a Covid-19 infection. Rogan has been accused of spreading Vice’s accusations. “misinformation about the horse-deworming drug he took,”It was not’It is not an approved treatment.
Studies have shown that misoprostol can be effective and safe, but it is also known to cause severe side effects such as uterine rupture. A 2016 study from Madagascar has shown that misoprostol can increase these risks if taken in the wrong doses.
According to the study’s authors, including Dolores Pourette of the Institute of Research for Development (IRD), “Use of misoprostol without information on correct use may not be as unsafe as traditional and invasive methods of abortion, but the women we interviewed were still experiencing serious complications and required urgent treatment postabortion.”