RU-486 is on the Rise, Taking Place of Surgical Abortion
We’ve heard over and over how abortion numbers in the United States are decreasing. Surgical abortions, that is. The Washington Post, hardly a pro-life publication, reported abortions tanked 25% between 2008 and 2014. What no one talks much about is the “quiet” abortions. Chemical RU-486 abortions are on the rise.
It’s “easier.” No embarrassment. No picketing pro-lifers to walk by on the way to the clinic. And the abortion facility still makes a profit at the expense of women.
One year ago today, Reuters reported 43% of Planned Parenthood abortions were chemical abortions; RU-486 was on the rise. Some states with fewer restrictions on the drug, like Iowa, reached as high as 64%. This article only looks at rates in the United States and Great Britain, as the statistics vary nation by nation.
Fast forward to October 31, 2017. Scotland’s Ministry of Health has just announced it will allow women to take the second abortion pill, misoprostol, at home. (Two drugs actually make up RU-486. The first is mifepristone, which essentially starves the baby to death by cutting off its access to the hormone progesterone. The second causes the mother to expel her dead baby. Only it doesn’t always work.)
What a way to mark 50 years of legalized abortion in Great Britain. Lord Alton stated October 27th, on the anniversary of the Abortion Act of 1967: ” “Since then, 8,894,355 abortions have been carried out….8,894,355. That is a monstrous figure.”
According to SPUC, the acronym of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, the organization is looking into legal avenues to stop Scotland from at least allowing chemical abortion at home. John Deighan, SPUC’s chief, stated: The Scottish Government should be under no illusions. We will pursue the matter vigorously. If that means action through the courts we will pursue it as far as necessary.”
In Britain, the Telegraph says most women are now aborting with pills. No figures are given for England. But in Scotland, out of over 12,063 abortions, an appalling 89.45% were carried out by prescription. An RU-486 figure that horrifies.
The new Scottish decision is really, really bad news for women. Why? In the United States, the Federal Drug Adminstration (FDA) requires RU-486’s use only by approved healthcare providers, “clinics, medical offices and hospitals, by or under the supervision of a certified prescriber.” And certainly not by a mother at home alone.
Why? The dead baby is not always completely expelled and surgical intervention may still be necessary. The woman may not know. As reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, there have been cases where women died of septic infections or ectopic pregnancy after taking RU-486. And these were cases under medical supervision. Maternal risks will increase without this safeguard. Not to mention there are many side effects; the FDA says all women will experience at least one.
There is one more reason. A woman may take the first pill and realize she’s made a terrible mistake. Then what?
Thank God, RU-486 abortions have a chance of reversal, if only the first pill is taken and the mother gets to a pro-life doctor in 24-72 hours. Human Life International’s (HLI) board member and Catholic Medical Association’s Dr. Karla Polascheck was among the first to accomplish the reversal.
If you are a woman seeking abortion pill reversal, we urge you to call 1 (877) 558-0333 or click www.AbortionPillReversal.com.
Regret is not failure, and it may save your baby’s life.
Note: Since the publication of this story, The Lancet, the British medical journal, is reporting that Pfizer is removing misoprostol from the market, due to concerns of side effects. It seems the drug was meant to treat ulcers, even though it is widely used off-label for abortions, as one of the two pills in RU-486. Let us hope Pfizer follows suit in other nations.