Protests against pharmacies selling abortion pills are scheduled in nearly 100 U.S. cities for Saturday, including two in Lancaster County.
The protests will be held outside CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid pharmacies and are part of a campaign spearheaded by StopAbortionRx.com against the expansion of abortion in America.
“Divesting from Big Abortion means non financial cooperation with those entities directly collaborating with the abortion industry,” the StopAbortionRx website states. “Because money is fungible, giving funds to CVS, Walgreens or Rite Aid will be direct aid to an abortion business.”
The abortion pill is administered in a two-pill series. According to Human Life Alliance, the first pill “cuts off blood and nourishment from your baby” in order to “starve the child in your womb to death.” The second pill, taken 24-48 hours later, causes contractions to trigger a miscarriage.
“You will be told to miscarry at home over your toilet,” a resource from the Human Life Alliance states. “If you (were to) look closely, you would see your dead child. Even at seven weeks, you will likely see his or her fingers and toes.”
In January, the Food and Drug Administration finalized a change introduced by the Biden Administration making abortion pills more widely available at pharmacies.
Mary Ellen Caris, a Lancaster County resident who is organizing a protest outside the New Holland CVS, released a statement citing information provided by the Charlotte Lozier Institute which states that the rate of abortion-related emergency visits by women taking the drug increased by more than 500% between 2002 and 2015.
“This drug is unsafe for women and also carries with it the undue burden of a woman giving birth to her dead child, many times alone, with no support or medical care,” Caris said. “This is truly insanity. The good people of Lancaster County must speak out and let these pharmacies know that this will not happen here!”
Information on the times and locations of the Feb. 4 protests can be found at StopAbortionRx.com.
Abortion Pill Reversal, an Ohio-based nonprofit, provides a national 24/7 helpline (877-558-0333) for women who have taken the first abortion pill but regret it and are seeking a reversal.