Thursday, April 27, 2017
IFI Staff
What a New Drug Could Do to Abortion Rates

The health of the mother.


According to the liberal abortion think tank, the Guttmacher Institute, the health of the mother is essentially the only circumstance in which tax dollars can be lawfully used to pay for an abortion in the Hoosier State.


For decades, vocal abortion activists and even some moderate Republicans have demanded that states – even the most pro-life states, like ours – enshrine provisions that allow for abortions to take place and receive public funding when the mother’s health is at risk.


Regardless of how prevalent those cases are, statistically speaking, the health of the mother has become one of the most popular justifications for abortions. And, of course, no one would deny there is always a medical risk with pregnancy.


But one of those risks, post-partum hemorrhaging, which claims over 100,000 lives per year around the world, may have finally met its match.


As reported by NPR, a new international study has received approval to test a Japanese drug, originally created in the 1960’s, called tranexamic acid, which, doctors say, “stops bleeding quickly by helping keep naturally forming blood clots intact.”


While no one yet has sufficient answers as to why it took doctors and researchers more than 50 years to test this drug in cases of post-partum hemorraging, doctors at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene say it’s effective, safe to use, and it costs less than $3 – yes, three dollars – to produce.


If the study finds that this medicine really is as effective as advertised when it comes to halting post-partum hemorrhaging, the risks involved with childbirth decrease significantly. And as a result, the number of babies who are terminated because of that risk may also begin to decrease.


We applaud the doctors and researchers making progress on this groundbreaking drug, and we’ll keep you up to date as the trials and tests continue. 


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