Colombian senator Claudia Wilches Sarmiento slams the inclusion of Misoprostol, a drug used for abortions, miscarraiges and peptic ulcers, among the pharmecueticals legal in Colombia.
Senator Wilches expressed her discontent after the state council denied a provisional suspension of the agreement which included misoprostol in the Obligatory Health Plan (POS).
“This decision regrettably adds to the mounting steps towards the full legalization of abortion,” said Wilches. She argued that there was not sufficient information regarding the appropriate use and the medical implications of the drug.
Misoprostol, though not approved by the FDA for abortions, is approved for prevention and treatment of gastric ulcers. When used in lieu of surgical evacuation for an abortion the medical advantages are reduced invasiveness as well as lowering the chance of secondary infertility. Used worldwide as a low cost abortifacient and often purchased on the black market, Misoprostol’s clinical efficacy and safety are still under review.
On her Facebook page senator Wilches on Thursday wrote, “Abortion does not solve teen pregnancy. We must not tire of making it known that abortion is more vile than murder.”