Some Medical Facts
Abortion History Timeline
When Does Life Begin?
RU486 Information in Abortion: Some Medical
-- May, 2001
Unresolved Issues Surrounding RU486
-- February, 2001
Would Reinstate Safeguards for Women Taking RU486 -- February 6, 2001
Text of Proposed Bill That Would Reinstate Safeguards for Women Taking RU486
-- February 6, 2001
Drug Will Be Imported from Chinese Government Factory That Plays Key Role in
-- October 12, 2000
NRLC Statement on
F.D.A. Approval of the Abortion Pill
-- Sept. 28, 2000
Fact Sheet: RU486 Risks and
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Memo to Journalists: Issues Surrounding Imminent FDA Action on the Abortion
-- September 24, 2000
Approval Imminent? by Randall K. O'Bannon, Ph.D.
Warns Against Use of Cytotec in Abortions
regulations has the FDA been considering for RU486's release?
-- June, 2000
FAST FACTS on RU486
It isn't a contraceptive. Used at 5 to 7 weeks, RU 486 kills an unborn
baby whose heart has already begun to beat. This is the only purpose for
which the sponsor ever sought U.S. government approval.
It isn't safe or easy.
Heavy bleeding, nausea, vomiting, and painful uterine contractions
are common features of a process TIME magazine calls "A painful, messy,
and protracted." About 2% hemorrhage and more than 1 in a 100 require
hospitalization. An Iowa woman took RU486 and lost nearly 3/4 of her blood
and likely would have died without emergency surgery.
It isn't simple or convenient.
At a minimum, the RU486 procedure involves two drugs and three trips
to the doctor's office over a two week period. For
4-5% of women, the pills
don't work, making them return for surgical abortions.
It won't make abortion rare.
The pill's promoters have reason to believe RU486 will help them increase
the number of doctors willing to perform abortions. Since there has always
been a corrolary between the number of abortions and the number of abortionists,
RU 486 is likely to increase the number of abortions in the U.S. beyond
the already appalling 1.3 million a year.