By Debra Braun, Education Director
A former Planned Parenthood director from Austin, Texas, Dr. Julie Amaon, is spearheading an effort to establish a mobile abortion unit which would travel the rural areas of Minnesota, especially in the western part of the state and among immigrant populations. This traveling abortion unit would dispense the “abortion pill” (chemical abortions using mifepristone [formerly called RU 486] and misoprostol). This is the type of abortion portrayed in the movie “Unplanned”.
Called “Just the Pill,” the organization’s stated mission is to “expand access to sexual and reproductive healthcare in rural Minnesota.” On its page for the recent fundraising day organized by GiveMN.org, it stated, “We recognize the importance of understanding and reducing obstacles presented by language, geographic location and poverty.”
Amaon, who received her Minnesota medical license in 2019, is the medical director of Just the Pill. In September she started dispensing the abortion pill through the mail from her office in Minneapolis. Just the Pill and similar abortion organizations in other parts of the country were able to do this because in July U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang (of Maryland), citing the COVID-19 pandemic, issued a nationwide injunction blocking the FDA’s “Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies” (REMS) for the abortion pill, thereby NOT requiring an in-person clinic visit prior to a chemical abortion. Just the Pill says it “is taking advantage of the tremendous opportunity that this decision presents.” The Trump Administration appealed Judge Chuang’s decision (and 11 states filed an amicus brief supporting the appeal). On October 8, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially put the appeal on hold, with Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas issuing a strong dissent, severely criticizing Judge Chuang’s decision. In addition, pro-life leaders have written to FDA director, Dr. Stephen Hahn, urging that the abortion pill be removed from the market.
Back to Just the Pill and its plans beyond its current mailed abortion pills. On its GiveMN.org page, its stated vision is to “bring abortion care, birth control and STI treatment to rural Minnesota using a mobile clinic. In addition, with planned routes near Minnesota’s western border, we anticipate serving residents of North and South Dakota, where abortion restrictions are severe.”
A meme posted on this page shows a drawing of a pink mobile unit surrounded by hearts and including a banner stating, “Abortion is Normal!” On its website, Just the Pill announced that they will also be offering hormone “therapy” for those confused about their gender. According to an October 2, 2020 article in the now-defunct City Pages, Just the Pill has received funding from Gender Justice (which is suing Minnesota to get rid of our pro-life regulations) and NARAL
Although the national abortion rate has declined by 8 percent from 2014, the use of the abortion pill now accounts for 39 percent of abortions — up from 29 percent in 2014. Before the REMS were lifted by Judge Chuang, the typical abortion pill process included an ultrasound to determine the age of the baby and to rule out an ectopic pregnancy. Rh testing was done to help prevent problems with subsequent children. Even so, 24 maternal deaths and more than 4,000 other adverse reactions (nearly half of which were serious or even life-threatening) caused by the abortion pill have been reported by the manufacturer of mifepristone to the FDA. However, it is very likely that many more adverse reactions go unreported.
After the United Kingdom (UK) allowed for the abortion pill to be sent via mail and taken at home earlier this year, two women died, including one who developed sepsis and another who was found dead in her home after beginning the abortion pill process the day before. A leaked e-mail from the National Health Service also mentions “women attending ED (emergency departments) related to the process through ruptured ectopics, major resuscitation for major haemorrhage, and the delivery of infants who are up to 30 weeks gestation.”
Also, it was revealed that UK police were investigating the possible murder of a baby apparently born alive after the mother took the abortion drugs late in the pregnancy. Mailed abortion pills could also be obtained, perhaps by a sexual abuser or angry boyfriend or parent, and used to coerce or trick women into unwittingly aborting their babies.
Just the Pill is not a Planned Parenthood (PP) project, but that doesn’t mean that the nation’s largest abortion provider is not involved in similar schemes. PP in St. Paul is involved in a mail-out chemical abortion research project called “Tel-Abortion” which began even before the FDA regulations were lifted.
If Just the Pill’s mobile unit becomes operational (pray that it doesn’t!), the lives of babies will be destroyed, and the spiritual and physical lives of women in rural Minnesota will be put at risk. Please stay alert to the possibility of abortion coming to your community either via this mobile unit or PP webcam abortions.
For more information about the dangers of the abortion pill, go to www.ThisIsChemicalAbortion.com.
Photo: Six weeks after conception — the abortion pill is used to kill babies even older than this.