Kauai, Hawaii is a veritable paradise. There are gorgeous beaches, beautiful cliffs with breathtaking waterfalls, and not a single abortion provider anywhere on the island.
Dr. Graham T. Chelius, Chief Medical Officer of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, wants to change that. With the help of the ACLU, the good doctor and several of his associates are suing the FDA.
How the FDA Keeps Kauai Abortion Free
To twist a more familiar phrase involving cats, there’s more than one way to kill a baby. Abortion is legal in Hawaii up to the 24-week point. It’s even covered by Medicaid. It isn’t that the FDA somehow prohibits abortions on Kauai; they just don’t allow retail pharmacies to dispensed certain drugs.
Mifeprex, more commonly known as the abortion pill or RU-486, is one such drug. The FDA requires that the patient’s prescription is filled at the clinic. For this to happen, the clinicians must have pre-registered with the drug manufacturer and stock the medication on site.
In his article published by the ACLU, Dr. Chelius explains:
“If I were allowed to write a prescription for Mifeprex — commonly known as the abortion pill — a safe and effective method for ending an early pregnancy up to 10 weeks, then I would be able to help patients who come to me facing unwanted pregnancies.”
Dr. Chelius isn’t suing to make abortion legal on the island. He’s pushing back against the FDA so that his clinic doesn’t have to do the work to carry abortion pills themselves. He can’t comply with these requirements – and not because it’s too expensive or complicated. His opposition comes from anti-abortion coworkers.
Islanders Need Abortion Because They’re Poor
“Because I can’t stock this medication, my patients are forced to fly to a different island, 150 miles away, just to get a pill or any other kind of abortion,” he says. Well, that is one option. A different one would be to have a baby. Here’s another: don’t have unprotected sex if you don’t want to get pregnant.
But, of course, many of these women are poor, which changes the story – somehow:
“It is stunningly beautiful here, but what the honeymooners don’t see are the challenges faced by many who live on this remote island. Kauai has a high rate of poverty, domestic violence, food insecurity, and a shortage of doctors.”
Liberty Nation’s Tess Lynne addressed how poverty in the U.S. seems to affect behavior. In short, being underprivileged is no excuse for poor behavior. Besides, there’s a Walmart on Kauai, and even most poverty-stricken Americans can afford condoms from Walmart. In fact, Hush Boutique (4516 Akoa Rd. Kapaa, behind Kuhio Motors next to Burger King) gives them away free!
We All Know Where Babies Come From
It’s extremely unlikely that many, if any, patients of Dr. Chelius don’t understand that pregnancy is a consequence of sex. Not only is there a good chance that having sex will result in pregnancy, it’s the only natural cause of the condition. As we’ve already explained at Liberty Nation, no one has the right to kill an unborn child as a matter of convenience.
For women who don’t want children, impoverished or otherwise, the answer isn’t a magic pill that frees them from the consequences of their actions. It isn’t taxpayer-funded Medicaid abortions. It’s responsible decision making, and, failing that, personal accountability. Don’t have sex – at least, unprotected sex – when you don’t want children. If you do and end up pregnant, there are plenty of people in the States who would love to adopt your baby, should you decide not to keep it.
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