OBGYN: Purchasing abortion pills online is a terrible idea - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

OBGYN: Purchasing abortion pills online is a terrible idea

Posted:

Purvi Patel, the woman accused of leaving her dead baby in a dumpster, left her first court appearance without making comment.

Court documents released Wednesday spell out what police believe she did before leaving a baby in a Mishawaka Dumpster.     

Investigators say she admitted obtaining two drugs from Hong Kong in an attempt to abort the child. Doctors tell police one of the drugs would have no effect on a fetus more than nine weeks along, the other drug would induce labor.

Which raised the question, how easy it to get these drugs online?

"Websites are there you just kind of go to a general internet search and you're looking for certain medicines that can induce an abortion. You can get them from other countries," said Dr. Carlos Bolden, an OBGYN at the South Bend Clinic in Granger.

Dr. Bolden says people often order medication online to avoid a prescription.  However, while these drugs can be obtained with the click of a button he believes it's very rare.

"Not any significant numbers. None of my patients have ever mentioned anything like that. Most of the time I do see things it's in report," said Dr. Bolden.

He cautions getting medicine online without a prescription, especially abortion pills, can be downright dangerous.  Not only for the unborn child, but for the mother as well.

"When you take these medicine and where you are in the pregnancy are very much important. Which is why they're not available over the counter in the United States," said Dr. Bolden.

Dr. Bolden was speaking to FOX28 in generalities and is not in any way involved in the Patel case.

You can find more information about the Patel case here: Judge enters not guilty plea for mother of baby found in dumpster.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Quiet transition for Notre Dame track and Cross Country head coach

    Quiet transition for Notre Dame track and Cross Country head coach

    Photo Credit: University of Notre DamePhoto Credit: University of Notre Dame
    After coaching the Notre Dame Track and Cross Country teams for 26 seasons, Tim Connelly is no longer a coach for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame Sports Information Director John Heisler said that after Joe Piane retired, the new coach had the ability to hire a new staff. Heisler said Connelly was not part of that plan.More >>
    After coaching the Notre Dame Track and Cross Country teams for 26 seasons, Tim Connelly is no longer a coach for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame Sports Information Director John Heisler said that after Joe Piane retired, the new coach had the ability to hire a new staff. Heisler said Connelly was not part of that plan.
    More >>
  • Crews assessing damage after small structural collapse on Notre Dame campus

    Crews assessing damage after small structural collapse on Notre Dame campus

    Scene at Notre Dame power plantScene at Notre Dame power plant
    Crews are on scene at Notre Dame's campus power plant after a structural collapse.Notre Dame officials say the collapse took place in an interior portion of a cooling cell in the plant. No one was injured and there are no reports of service disruptions at this time. The collapse happened right after 12:15pm. Crews are currently assessing the damage.South Bend Fire Department was requested to provide assistance, but officials say there was no fire at the scene.More >>
    Crews are on scene at Notre Dame's campus power plant after a structural collapse.Notre Dame officials say the collapse took place in an interior portion of a cooling cell in the plant. No one was injured and there are no reports of service disruptions at this time. The collapse happened right after 12:15pm. Crews are currently assessing the damage.South Bend Fire Department was requested to provide assistance, but officials say there was no fire at the scene.More >>
  • Man electrocuted after hitting power pole in truck

    Man electrocuted after hitting power pole in truck

    Flint-area authorities say a man apparently was electrocuted when he came in contact with a downed wire after crashing into a power pole.More >>
    Flint-area authorities say a man apparently was electrocuted when he came in contact with a downed wire after crashing into a power pole.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.