KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 — DAP lawmakers called for action against the illegal sale of abortion pills online that they claimed were being purchased by doctors and school students.
Free Malaysia Today reported that Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto and Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh alleged the abortion pills have led to five deaths recently, as they filed a complaint at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters here yesterday.
“Mifepristone is a medicine used to abort the foetus. It is not registered in Malaysia, so its sale is prohibited at any clinics and pharmacies,” Kasthuri was quoted saying.
“There are people, probably including doctors, who obtain them through suspicious sources and sell them anyway. They can also easily be obtained through websites which have no accreditation.”
She reportedly said other abortion pills like misoprostol were also sold online. The pills reportedly cost from RM400 to RM630.
The online businesses, she alleged, mostly used a cash-on-delivery payment mode.
Malay Mail reported Ramkarpal as saying: “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.”