Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Over-the-Counter Misoprostol (Cytotec)

Photo by SliceofNYC

The New York Times has an interesting article about the overt-the-counter availability of misoprostol (Cytotec) in small, family-run pharmacies in the city:

Amalia Dominguez was 18 and desperate and knew exactly what to ask for at the small, family-run pharmacy in the heart of Washington Heights, the thriving Dominican enclave in northern Manhattan. “I need to bring down my period,” she recalled saying in Spanish, using a euphemism that the pharmacist understood instantly.

It was 12 years ago, but the memory remains vivid: She was handed a packet of pills. They were small and white, $30 for 12. Ms. Dominguez, two or three months pregnant, went to a friend’s apartment and swallowed the pills one by one, washing them down with malta, a molasseslike extract sold in nearly every bodega in the neighborhood.

The cramps began several hours later, doubling Ms. Dominguez over, building and building until, eight and a half hours later, she locked herself in the bathroom and passed a lifeless fetus, which she flushed.

I suspect the number of repro aged women "suffering" from gastric ulcers will skyrocket once abortion is banned.

On a slightly more serious note, one thing that stood out for me in the article is the mention of two women, Amber Abreu, an 18-year-old Dominican immigrant from Massachusetts, and Gabriela Flores, a 22-year-old Mexican migrant farm worker from South Carolina. Both women have been arrested and charged with illegally performing an abortion and sentenced to probation and therapy (?), and 90 days in jail, respectively.

I wasn't familiar with their cases, nor with the fact that "performing an abortion" on yourself and "procuring an improper miscarriage" for yourself are criminal offenses. [In Massachusetts the charge could carry up to seven years in state prison.]

I guess when various zealots propose legislation banning abortion they really are most magnanimous when they include a clause to exempt women who obtain abortions from prosecution.

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At 10:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

some women are so desperate that they are willing to do almost anything to end an unwanted pregnancy. I understand her situation and i don't think she should have been prosecuted. How the authorities found out that she had tried to abort i don't know. She was stupid. Misoprostol aka cytotec doesn't stay in your blood stream she should have just told them she had a miscarriage and the doctors never would have known the difference. I would know I am a Registered nurse and i have used this method successfully and i didn't have to go to the hospital. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who has any choice though the cramps are bad!!! and i wasn't as far along so there was no fetus just alot of clots

At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess no one can actually say it's wrong until they are in her shoes. Desperate times call for desperate measures and I don't blame her. Abortions ARE expensive especially if you're just a teen. At that age you also don't think right come on you're A TEEN. I support her and I believe people need to just put themselves in someones shoes.

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well...I got pregnant at 16 and delivered an angel at 17. 8 months later here I am, 7 weeks pregnant because my former OBGYN couldn't put my implanon in correctly so it wasn't nearly as effective as it should have been...I need this. With one baby already I can't afford an abortion, my parents make too much money and they don't support abortion.

At 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where can i find cytotec without a precription

At 7:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone wanna help me get cytotec without a prescription . I am 16 I can not tell my parents I am pregnant they will literally kill me

At 6:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is There A Way That We Can Talk I Need Help Since You Are A Registered Nurse


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