The Internet has put every kind of sexual perversion in everyone’s home and even pocket, and now it has been shown to put do-it-yourself abortion there as well.
An Ohio couple have been accused of using misoprostol, a drug which can be purchased via the Web from pharmacies in India, to end a pregnancy in its third trimester. They placed the dead child in a trash bag and a shoebox, reports Newsweek.
Kalina V.E. Gillum and Braden C. Mull pled not guilty in court to charges of terminating Gillum’s pregnancy when she was approximately 28 or 29 weeks along, on Sept. 19, 2019, in the bathroom of the apartment the two shared.
The couple then went to a local hospital, where staff contacted police. Police subsequently searched their apartment.
While there, Licking County Prosecuting Attorney William Hayes stated, police discovered the body of the fetus. In his statement, Hayes wrote, “At no time did either one of them ever call 911 or seek emergency medical treatment for the child.”
Each parent faces one count of involuntary manslaughter, child endangering, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse. They are each being held on $150,000 bail.
Misoprostol, commonly sold under the brand name Cytotec, is normally prescribed to treat stomach ulcers and bleeding, but is also used to induce childbirth when a woman is ready to deliver. It is also employed in chemical abortion procedures.
Typically when used to induce abortion it is taken in conjunction with methotrexate or mifepristone.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, it is against the law to purchase misoprostol over the Internet for the purposes of inducing an abortion. But several online businesses have set up portals where pregnant women living in states with more restrictive abortion laws can purchase the medication from pharmacies in India.