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OBGYN: Purchasing abortion pills online is a terrible idea

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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.

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