Pro-life Christian organization Focus on the Family has removed some safety tips and other content from its pamphlet, "The Abortion Pill," because it offended some Christians.
According to Right Wing Watch, the pamphlet was given to crisis pregnancy centers that try to talk women out of abortions around the country.
The pamphlet was written by Dr. W. David Hager, a pro-life obstetrician, who noted the risks and side effects of the pill, provided guidelines for its use, and included a section entitled, "Are there some safety tips I should follow?"
Under a "Do" section, Hager mentioned getting an ultrasound to make sure the fetus is in the uterus and not an ectopic pregnancy (fetus in fallopian tube), taking the pill orally not vaginally, taking the pill in a healthcare professional's office (not at home) and going to a doctor for a follow-up visit "after the abortion is complete to make sure you are healthy."
While the information is scientifically sound, this section and other parts drew outrage from Christian conservatives.
Christian blogger J.D. Hall called the pamphlet "propaganda" on PulpitAndPen.org, adding, "Providing advice on how to safely and healthily receive an abortion, should that be the 'option' the woman chooses, is deplorable for a Christian publication."
Jeremy Lundmark wrote an article for TheologyMix which begins with the headline: "How to Murder Your Child Safely—from Focus on the Family?"
Pro-life group Live Action News, whose founder Lila Rose has claimed birth control leads to abortions, wrote: "Why does this sound more like a 'how to get an abortion' guide than pro-life educational material?"
In response to the outcry, Focus on the Family issued a statement that said, in part, "[W]e recognize that some of the other wording in this particular booklet is not as clear as it could be, and that is why it is currently being revised."
In the revised version, several sections of the original pamphlet were removed, including "Are there some safety tips I should follow?" and the "Do" part.
That section now says: "Ignoring the guidelines below makes a medical abortion even less safe."