The more headway Romney and Ryan make, the closer we see Misoprostol becoming a household word. Those of us who spend time on Twitter have seen it coming down the stream ever since Romney admitted to Mike Huckabee of his commitment to The Personhood Bill.
The Mexican pharmacist awakens about 6am and drives to his wood-frame pharmacy about ½ mile down a narrow street full of stray dogs and cats. He sees the Pfizer truck awaiting him so he rushes to the door to let the driver in.
Jose Hernandez was educated at the pharmacy school in Mexico City and moved back to his home of San Antonio (not Tx) but a small town outside of Tijuana that boasts a beautiful Pacific Island beachfront. Many Americans own property on the beach due to it’s quiet scenic ocean view and low prices (for that kind of property). It’s only a 2.5 hour drive from San Diego.
Though Jose knows the bulk of Cytotec (also known by its generic name Misoprostol) will be his biggest seller, he also knows the majority of it will not be walk-in business, but Americans in states with few abortion clinics who cannot afford to travel to one. So they order Misoprostol made for ulcers which also often cause an abortion to occur. But not always. And when it does not, which is 3% of the time, it puts the baby at a much higher risk of birth defects.
But of course women in need of an abortion don’t care. Their state government has made it impossible for them to have a safe abortion, so they will obviously use what is now being called “The Chemical Coathanger”.
In Uraguay where abortions are illegal, unethical doctors have been meeting with women for years in clandestine places to sell them Misoprostol at ridiculously inflated prices. Several women have died this year from the drug. Though it is safer than the old back-alley coathanger, it is only barely safer.
Misoprostol can also easily be purchased in America from any Canadian pharmacy at cheap prices. A big problem is that, many times these drugs, if ordered from out of the U.S. will be held up for weeks and even months at customs. That means a woman who was seeking an early-term abortion will now have to have a mid-to-late term one.
It is also cheap and easily ordered from most Asian countries and India and American women are already ordering and stocking up in schocking numbers (according to their Twitter tweet streams)
Though misoprostol can be bought over the counter in Mexico, a prescription is required in the U.S. and it most likely will not be outlawed even if abortion is. Why? Because it is an ulcer drug already approved by the FDA for ulcers.
The bulk of Jose’s sales are made in the U.S. It appears women are stockpiling just in case the Romney/Ryan ticket gets elected. His sales have increased about 5000% in the past year. He outsources the dropshipping of the med so as not to take away from his other pharmaceutical duties.
The “talk of twitter” says these “Internet Abortion Drug Entrepreneurs” have been “sitting in wait” for years, for a ticket like Romney/Ryan who might indeed select the right Supreme Court Judges to attempt to overturn RVWade. They had banked on Reagan but it didn’t happen. Now these weasels have true hope. They will, no doubt, be among the wealthiest E-Entrepreneurs in the world, as it is common sense that this medicine will be the most purchased over the net from other countries.
And of course that means the U.S. Government will do the predictable….Wage a “War On Internet Abortion Drug Entrepreneurs” inciting others to “get in on a piece of the pie” and hidden scripts will enter the country left and right. Many women, of course will not have to go to the trouble to order the drug, though an article in a Texas Newspaper says many women in Texas already are crossing the border to get the med to stockpile it.
Many American doctors will simply prescribe it for ulcers, and an abortion will occur; or if not, most likely a baby with dramatic birth defects, and the drug (taken in amounts for abortion) can greatly compromise the woman’s immune system according to many studies and examples.
Jose’s business is not “an isolated case”. Abortion Entrepreneurs have been “laying in wait” since the days of Reagan….hoping he would nominate enough of the far right to the Supreme Court to overturn RVWade and let the floodgates loose, and, of course bring them more wealth than anyone could ever imagine.
Bill Gates and Warren Buffet would be “names of the past” compared to the top 10 of these clowns selling ulcer meds over the net…and frankly even to the friendly small town doctor who suddenly finds he/she has an incredible amount of women suffering from “ulcers”.
During the days of RVWade, there were no Internet abortions, only back alley brutal killers. Those days will be in the past for the most part. Most women will be able to afford the risky ulcer drug, and will take the risk of birth defects in case the med does not work. Back then, it was cut and dry; one was either for abortion or against it.
Today, there are many shades of gray. There is partial birth abortion which is outlawed except in very rare cases in which it will kill the mother, or when the baby is found already dead. In fact in either case most doctors tend to teminate the pregnancy in order to save the mother’s life and it does not fall under the auspices of “laws against partial birth abortion”.
There is still debate over “when life begins”, but that will no longer even be a debate if safe abortion is outlawed, as the majority of women will not be going for medical help but ordering the drug directly from foreign pharmacies, or getting an “online consultation” from an unscrupulous m.d. in America who will ask questions for five minutes and Fed Ex the drug to her.
If/When the feds close the MD down, 10,000 others will crop up. The war on abortion entrepreneurs will not be one of course. A federal prosecuting attorney with whom I grew up once told me, “Whenever there is a war on anything (other than war/battles) it is not only not won, but makes it worse”. I am in complete agreement with him on that topic, though he and I have debated on many other topics on which we don’t agree. He is a smart man, nevertheless.
So how do we create an environment for less abortions? Everything that the GOP is against. More education, contraceptive and family planning. I’m still trying to figure out how taking away contraception will result in less abortion. It’s sort of like less soap will cause more cleanliness.
With the abortion entrepreneur laying in wait (in every country in the world, I’m told), it’s really time to re-think voting on a “pro-life” ticket, because unlike the days of RVWade, it is suddenly the “ticket of death and destruction”.
They didn’t mean to be. Their hearts were in the right place, but anyone who understands the nature of the Internet (and I went back to school to study IT) knows every major niche will be filled by very eager entrepreneurs; and abortion is no exception. Who would have ever thought pro-choice tickets would be the ticket of life? Life is full of irony. (PS: Please don’t kill the messenger). Simply google “Abortion Ulcer Drug” and take a look at all the activity already happening, and November is not yet even here.
I believe the extremely important thing to remember here is that one can be pro-life and not vote a pro-life ticket (simply because of the millions of more, and dangerous abortions it is going to cause). In fact, if one thinks this through, the only TRUE pro-life persons will vote the pro-choice ticket. How can they not? They are not in this for power or “to have their dogmatic way”. They are truly in it for less and safer abortions. Most will argue with me now. But as more of this information emerges, and Misoprostol becomes a household word in America; which of course it will under a Romney/Ryan administration, pro-life voters and pro-choice voters will say, “Rick really wasn’t misleading us”. This is not only really happening, it is now so far out of control it can never be fixed.” Food for thought.
Rick London is an author, designer and cartoonist and founder of Google’s #1 ranked offbeat cartoons & funny gifts, Londons Times Cartoons. He lives in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas with his wife, Nature Photographer Lee Hiller-London. Follow them both on Twitter @RickLondon @LeeHillerLondon