DAP MP wants police probe over sale of dangerous abortion pills by medical professionals

Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto during a press conference at IPD Dang Wangi in Kuala Lumpur July 14, 2019. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto during a press conference at IPD Dang Wangi in Kuala Lumpur July 14, 2019. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

KUALA LUMPUR, July 14— A DAP MP lodged a police report here today over the illegal sale of dangerous abortion pills, which she claimed is also being procured and sold by medical experts.

Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto lodged the police report at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters here and also urged the public to help the Health Ministry and the government by reporting those who promote or sell the drug known as mifepristone.

Kasthuri lamented that most of those who purchased the drug, via social media, are school students.

“Mifepristone is an abortion pill, a drug that is not registered in Malaysia, and therefore its sale is prohibited entirely, in clinics or pharmacies.

“However, there are doctors who obtain it via questionable sources and sell them to patients,” she said, adding that it is easily available online, with websites even promoting it as a fast solution.

“So anyone can purchase this abortion pills online without any proper medical check-ups, without knowing about their health or the condition of their fetus, and they can just come to this car park even, pay and take the pills,” Kasthuri added.

She said that most of the online businesses selling the drug offer cash-on-delivery (COD) payment mode, to avoid money trail, which would enable authorities to track them down.

Kasthuri also named several websites in her statement, which she said was rampantly promoting the said drug, with one allegedly employing active advertising techniques to coax buyers, with even a question and answer column to clarify doubts.

“In a not so isolated case, a 'nurse' had given consultations via Facebook, and stated that most of her customers were students. This 'nurse' is unable to explain the side effects and coolly offers services, teaching how to use the pill,” she added.

Kasthuri also called for a cross-ministry intervention to curb such businesses, lamenting that despite previous raids, many sellers continue to thrive by selling the said drug.

Also present during the press conference was Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh who also echoed Kasthuri's concerns.

“What needs to be emphasised here is if this reports are proved to be true then obviously there is a black market down there which I think must be addressed, as otherwise, it can lead to very undesired consequences. Especially when it comes to the safety and the health of these girls,” Ramkarpal added.

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