Storks vs DronesJune 22, 2016
Remember when storks would deliver babies? This idea is such a ubiquitous part of our collective understanding that the mere mention of a stork makes people think of the arrival of a baby. It is featured in movies, stories, and even commercials, like this one from job-searching website Monster.com.
Imagine instead that instead of delivering a baby, the stork was arriving to take your baby. That’s one perverse turn in today’s headlines. It’s not storks bringing babies but syma x11 drones delivering abortion inducing drugs right to your doorstep.
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In both Ireland and Northern Ireland, abortion is prohibited. But as a protest in response to both countries’ laws, two drones flew abortive drugs to two women in Northern Ireland. From the article:
The women who took the pills didn’t say whether they were pregnant or not, according to the Telegraph, arguing that was private medical information. While police officers were present at the landing site, they didn’t confiscate the medication, which had been prescribed by doctors. Although abortions are illegal in both parts of Ireland, the differing laws in the two countries allow for a drone to fly the pills between them.
“I took the pills to counter the lies of anti-choice groups and some politicians that these pills aren’t safe,” 18-year-old Courtney Robinson, who took the pills, told the Telegraph. “They’re approved by the World Health Organisation and they’re used all over Europe, and yet women (in Northern Ireland) are being prosecuted for taking them… This is an act of solidarity with them.”
The future of abortion is chemical. Often called a “medical abortion” or “drug-induced abortion,” the medication works by stopping a pregnancy and inducing a miscarriage. The FDA recently modified regulations of abortive pills in U.S., allowing their administration later in pregnancy. DIY pills (that’s NPR’s term– not ours) are now more accessible than ever. Since the FDA’s change, states like Texas with pro-life laws on the books have seen an uptick in medical abortions.
Abortion is abortion regardless if it is done through a procedure at a clinic or administered by medication. But as the administration of abortion becomes less involved and more sterile (if we can use that term), it will only be more and more removed from what this really is: ending a life.