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Collectors warn TikTok that plants are unsafe for abortions

The recent news of the possible annulment of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects the legality of abortion, has many people concerned about the future of reproductive health care.

While the written draft would leave abortion laws up to the individual states, a combination of laws prohibiting abortion would go into effect if that were the case Roe v. calf is overturned, and historical precedents in many states lead experts to believe abortion rights are at risk in over 25 states.

Because of this, there is a public fear that people will seek alternative, unsafe methods of abortion.

Among these people are plant experts. Across the world, herbal remedies have played a role in health care, particularly with regard to reproductive health. With abortion bans potentially looming, some herbal health experts and practitioners fear people will turn to herbal remedies to terminate pregnancy. The consequences could be devastating, they say.

TikToker Alexis Nikole (@alexisnikole) is one of those affected. In a video posted recently on TikTok, Alexis showed off mugwort, a plant she worries some might try to use to terminate pregnancy. That, Alexis says, is a bad idea — and her video, which has over 1.1 million views, explains why.

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“In light of the recent news, I’m really worried that people will turn to our friends like mugwort, parsley or carrot to try to solve a health problem that our government has decided to put its face into,” says Alexis in the video.

In the past, plants were used to induce abortions. However, the use of herbal abortifacients fell out of favor worldwide when safe medical abortions were developed, as using herbal remedies to terminate a pregnancy can be dangerous and in some cases fatal.

This is one of the many reasons Alexis decided to warn TikTok against using plants to induce abortions.

“I am in no way advocating the use of herbal abortions,” says Alexis. “That can be dangerous. It’s very easy, firstly, not to work, or secondly, to get incredibly sick from them.”

“But I also want people to recognize that illegal abortion is not going to lead to fewer abortions,” she continues. “People with the means will travel where it’s legal – and many of these legislators have the means to travel where it’s legal should they or someone in their family need that type of healthcare – but so do people who do.” don’t do this The means to go where it’s legal will still try to find a way. It just means that abortions will be less safe.”

Experts say that’s true. A 2018 Gutmacher Institute study cited by CNN found that abortion rates were nearly equal in countries with strict abortion restrictions and those with less restrictions, while the rate of “unsafe” abortions was nearly the same in restrictive countries with over-30s % was significantly higher. of abortions in countries considered “least safe”.

The same phenomenon occurs in the United States. According to a 2015 report by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, at the time of the study, up to 240,000 people in Texas had attempted self-induced abortions, which the article attributes to Texas’ notoriously strict abortion laws.

Towards the end of the video, Alexis prepares mugwort tea.

“This is green mugwort tea made the traditional Chinese way,” she says. “When this tea has dried in the pan, I will drink it and hope that I will dream of a world where my body and all other bodies in this country that can give birth are no longer a battlefield.”

We reached out to Alexis via TikTok comment and Instagram DM for comment on this story.


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*Initial publication: May 8, 2022 at 11:02 am CDT

Braden Bjella

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