Pro-lifers condemn testing of 'chemical coat hanger' on African women

Catholic News Agency | 9/20/2019 | Staff
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Washington D.C., Sep 20, 2019 / 09:00 am (CNA).- Pro-life advocates have condemend clinical testing of second trimester chemical abortions on women in a developing country in West Africa.

The tests are being conducted by Gynuity Health Projects, a U.S.-based research company, in Burkina Faso. The trials involve drugs which cause accelerated second trimester chemical abortions.

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Since 2017, Gynuity has been conducting a clinical trial of second trimester abortions on pregnant women at 13 to 22 weeks gestation, “to examine the effectiveness and feasibility of a mifepristone-misoprostol medical abortion regimen.” The trial, currently in the “Recruiting” phase, is expected to be finished by the end of 2019.

“That’s such a horrible way to use women in Africa,” Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, policy advisor for The Catholic Association, told CNA.

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“These expecting moms are given dangerous abortion drugs and then literally sent off to pass the body of her aborted child in isolation. How is that not a back-alley abortion?” said Mallory Quigley, vice president of communications for the Susan B. Anthony List.

“It’s unthinkable that the abortion lobby is testing this chemical coat hanger on mothers in the second trimester of their pregnancy in Burkina Faso,” she said.

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Gynuity conducts research to influence global reproductive and maternal health policies, and advocates for greater access to chemical abortions around the world. It has conducted clinical trials of second trimester chemical abortions in a number of other countries including Armenia, Nepal, Vietnam, Moldova, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine.

The abortions in Burkina Faso are, according to the trial’s description, to be conducted in accordance with “legal indications.”

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According to the Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood, abortion is outlawed in Burkina Faso except in cases of rape, incest, severe impairment of the child, or to save the life or protect the health of the mother.

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