Abortion Pill Procedure
RU-486 (printable version), a synthetic steroid also known as mifepristone, was developed in 1982. The RU-486 abortion regimen, or abortion pill, involves combining mifepristone with another drug, misoprostol (a prostaglandin). When combined, the drugs are about 95 percent effective in destroying an unborn child.
How the Abortion Pill Works
When a woman is pregnant her body secretes a natural hormone which prepares the lining of the uterus for a human embryo. Mifepristone blocks this action. The uterus lining softens and breaks down until the embryo is expelled from the body. Sounds simple? Sounds easy? Sounds like a lot of information is missing. The Population Council, an international population control organization, other pro-abortion groups, and some media reports make the pill sound like a magic “cure” for any problem pregnancy. Just pop these pills as soon as you find out you’re pregnant or up to week 10 of your pregnancy and your life can get back to normal. Not true—chemical abortions like the abortion pill are complicated.
The Abortion Pill Regimen
During the first visit to the abortion clinic, a woman will take mifepristone orally, and will take misoprostol orally at home. A second visit to the abortion clinic is required later to confirm the death of the unborn child and to check for complications. Even with the use of these two powerful abortion-causing drugs, around five percent of the women will have to have a surgical abortion. In some states a "WebCam Abortion" is permitted. In this procedure the abortionist speaks remotely with a woman using a video camera, pushes a button to open a drawer containing the abortion pills, and the woman takes the pills. Despite the known complications of the abortion pill the abortionist never physically examines the woman.
The Population Council holds the rights to mifepristone in the United States.
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