A few brave souls are willing to risk the ire of their fellow abortionists by speaking out against chemical abortions:
"None of these women should be dying; it's shocking," said Dr. Peter Bours, an abortion provider in Portland, Ore., who is rethinking whether to offer pill-based, or medical, abortions.
Dr. Warren Hern, a provider in Denver, said the latest reports demonstrated that abortions by RU-486, or Mifeprex, were far riskier than surgical ones. "I think surgery should be the procedure of choice," Dr. Hern said. Pills, he said, "are a lousy way to perform an abortion."
"The complications associated with RU-486 far exceed the complications of surgical abortion," said Dr. Damon Stutes, a provider in Reno, Nev., who refuses to offer pill-based abortions. Dr. Stutes, whose clinic has been bombed, said he was uneasy about agreeing with abortion opponents on anything.
"But the truth is the truth," he said.
"One needs to tell patients that the medical procedure, even though it seems more natural, may be more likely to result in death," said Dr. Phillip G. Stubblefield, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Boston University.
Marching out of lock-step is a huge risk for these guys. Stray one iota from the PR generated by PP, NAF, and NARAL and you risk being branded as reactionary, caving in to "anti-choice" pressure, etc. So even though this is an itty-bitty baby step, it is still several abortionists actually placing women's safety ahead of abortion politics. And for the courage to do that, they deserve recognition and applause.