By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
An alarming new trend is spreading among in rural Wisconsin – drinking veterinary medicine used on large farm animals to induce abortions.
The problem was uncovered by Anna Anderson, head of the Care Net Pregnancy Center in Green County, Wis., who reported the trend on the Stephenson County Right to Life website of Freeport, Ill. Anderson said cases of teens swallowing the drugs have been documented in at least three rural Wisconsin counties and that her clinic has received numerous calls and visits from teens who either took the drugs or were worried about friends who took them.
The drugs are commonly kept on farms for management of livestock under the names Prostaglandins, Cystorelin, Factrel, Gonadorelin or Lutalyse. Although normally given to animals by injection, teens were taking the medication orally and in large quantities.
The American Animal Hospital Association issued an advisory about the problem, saying: “This situation underscores the need for veterinarians to remain vigilant about storing, distributing, prescribing and using veterinary products that can pose human health risks.”
Besides the death of their preborn baby, young women risk life-threatening complications including uterine infection, excessive blood loss, psychological damage, even asthmatic attacks.
Anderson told World Net Daily that the practice has been going on at least since this past summer when a young man in the area gave his girlfriend the medication which caused her to abort their child.
“This is a very deadly drug for fetuses,” Anderson said. “According to a local veterinarian, pregnant women are not even supposed to handle the bottles in which it is stored unless they are wearing gloves. Needless to say this girl lost the baby. The drug consists of a high concentration of hormones so human ingestion of it is not poisonous to the girls but it is deadly to the developing fetus and has potentially deadly consequences for the girls.
“The news of this young couple’s success in aborting their baby has spread through the Monroe High School and possibly elsewhere, which has resulted in other pregnant girls obtaining and consuming this drug in order to abort their unborn babies,” Anderson reported.
Some of the girls who took the drug were further along in their pregnancies which resulted in life-threatening complications when the abortion took place.
She said, “In these more advanced pregnancies, these girls could potentially bleed to death or have a life-threatening systemic infection if the uterus is not completely emptied of the baby and other pregnancy tissues. . . . Girls (and obviously their babies) are going to be dying because of this. Babies have already died because of it.
“If this is going on at our high school, chances are that it is happening at other high schools as well – especially in rural agricultural areas. Unsuspecting parents and anyone else who might be in a position to help these girls and stop this deadly practice need to be aware of this ‘drug abuse’ among area teens,” Anderson said.
In her article exposing the trend, “Cows and Chemical Coathangers,” Judie Brown, president of the American Life League, noted that the veterinary medication abortions “… illustrate that decriminalized abortion does not stop highly dangerous abortion methods like this. In fact, it probably encourages the use of them mightily, because this is hardly different from an RU-486 abortion, except that it isn’t done under medical supervision.”
The use of RU-486 to induce abortion is on the rise, and is especially attractive to teens who want to hide their sexual activity from their parents or who can’t afford an abortion.
“A teenager who is trying to hide the truth from her parents, and knows that the local farmer has a drug that is going to take care of her ‘problem,’ could not only succeed in killing her baby, but could kill herself,” said Brown. “The culture of death would shed not a tear, of course, but for those of us who struggle to restore moral sanity to America, a report like this sends shivers down our spines.”
Brown blamed the problem on parents’ lack of communication with their children.
“We are currently in a meltdown situation with regard to the kinds of communication parents are having with their children,” she said. “The parents no longer are truly in charge of their children. They have surrendered control to the public school system.”
She asks: “What kind of world have we created for these girls that they’re drinking poison and risking death in these modern-day back alley abortions, rather than bear their child in love?”
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