Abortionist not happy about abortion pill

In the New York Times Dr. West, the operator of the Dallas abortion clinic, says that the abortions by pill are not as easy as women tend to believe:

”They think that no matter how far along you are in a pregnancy, you just swallow a pill and that’s it.”

The article then says:

Dr. West said that he would offer mifepristone [the abortion pill], but that he was not happy about it because he thought surgery was much better. ”I’ll be forced by market pressures to offer it,” he said.

Gina Kolata.” Wary doctors spurn new abortion pill; some doctors insist that a surgical abortion remains a better alternative than the new pill.” The New York Times Nov 14, 2000

Read the stories of women who had abortions by pill here.

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Abortionist calls abortion by pill “prolonged and messy”

Abortionist Dr. Charles Livengood is glad that the abortion pill is available, but has reservations about it:

”I think it’s good to have mifepristone available. ‘But I do think that an abortion with mifepristone tends to be a prolonged and messy affair as opposed to a quick procedure that I do in the clinic.”

Gina Kolata “Wary doctors spurn new abortion pill; some doctors insist that a surgical abortion remains a better alternative than the new pill.” The New York Times Nov 14, 2000

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Adverse events reporting is voluntary for pill

Marissa Ogle, M.D, wrote the following about the abortion pill, RU-486 and the adverse events connected to it:

“… There is a voluntary reporting of severe adverse events to the manufacturer. This leaves it up to the provider to decide which events are significant enough to report to the drug company, who in turn determines if it is reportable to the FDA.…

Considering the potential adverse events can be life-threatening or even fatal, the voluntary status of reporting is medically irresponsible. A 2006 analysis of adverse event reports (AER) released by the FDA described 5 deaths, 42 life-threatening hemorrhages, 46 serious or life-threatening infections and 17 undetected ectopic pregnancies… This same group of 607 cases required 513 surgical procedures for follow-up, 235 being emergent in nature with 93% of those performed to control hemorrhage. The AER’s discussed in this study relate to the use of mifepristone in otherwise healthy young women and document a significant risk of severe, life-threatening, or even lethal adverse effects.”

Marissa Ogle, M.D. Still Healing:(2016)  20

Study: MM Gary “Analysis of severe adverse events related to the use of mifepristone as an abortifacient” Annals of Pharmacotherapy 40. 2 (2006): 191 – 97

adverse events happen with this pill
6 week old preborn baby, who could be the victim of an abortion by pill

Read more about the health risks of the abortion pill here

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Woman describes abortion pain as “Worst thing I’ve ever felt”

A woman describes the pain she felt in an abortion by pill:

“After leaving the clinic, I actually felt physically fine, but was advised to get a taxi home instead of walking.

But the pain that came afterwards was the worst thing I’ve ever felt in my life. I couldn’t even move, it was like taking on the period pains of 100 women combined. There was so much blood that I’d have to change my sanitary towel every hour. Overnight, my sheets were covered in blood beyond repair.”

Danielle Fersey  “What it’s really like to have an abortion”  Babe 9/5/2016

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Every doctor will “do what he wants to do” with abortion pill

Ruth Lesnewski, abortion provider, on the abortion pill:

“There are probably going to be some people who play it exactly by the book and other people who do different, quirky things with it,” she says. “In the end, it will probably be just like everything else in American medicine. Everyone will do exactly what he wants to do.”

SHARON LERNER “Abortion’s New Choice” The Village Voice OCTOBER 3, 2000

Is “exactly what he wants to do” always good for the women?

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Planned Parenthood on why patients should take pill at home

Vicki Breitbart, director of the Clinician Training Initiative, a division of Planned Parenthood of New York City that trains hundreds of private and clinic-based abortion providers, on why women should not have to come back to the office to take the abortion pill:

“For the providers, having a woman in the office to take some pills—and sometimes abort there—could be inconvenient. “If a patient has to come back to the clinic, that means that she’ll need to stay in the office for several hours.”

SHARON LERNER “Abortion’s New Choice” The Village Voice OCTOBER 3, 2000

Is the convenience of the doctors the reason Planned Parenthood sends women whom to take the second pill and abort their babies despite health risks?

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The abortion pill and malpractice insurance

On the abortion pill:

“I’m not sure I want to be in a shared insurance group policy with people doing medical procedures because you share that risk.”

Dr. Peter Bours, abortionist

GARDINER HARRIS “Scientists Will Gather to Discuss Safety of Abortion Pill” New York Times May 11, 2006

Because the abortion pill has a high risk of complications, this abortionist is worried about insurance coverage for botched abortions.

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Abortion pill’s creator calls it “an appalling psychological ordeal”

Edouard Sakiz, Chairman of Roussel Uclaf, the creators of the abortion pill sometimes called RU-486:

“As abortifacient procedures go, RU-486 is not at all easy to use. In fact it is much more complex to use than the technique of vacuum extraction. True, no anesthetic is required. But a woman who wants to end her pregnancy has to “live” with her abortion for at least a week using this technique. It’s an appalling psychological ordeal.”

Quoted in Renate Klein, Janice G Raymond, Lynette Dumble RU-486: Misconceptions, Myths and Moral (North Melbourne, Australia: Spinifex, 1991, 2013) Kindle edition

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Manufacturer: drug used with abortion pill is not meant for abortions, causes serious health risks

Mifeprex (mifepristone) (or RU-486) is the abortion pill. When it was first widely used, it failed to induce an abortion so often that abortionists began using a second drug Misoprostol or Cytotec, taken a few days after the first pill, to ensure the death and passage of the baby.

Searle, makers of Cytotec® (misoprostol) wrote a Press Release to Health Officials on August 23, 2000 saying that their drug was not meant to be used for abortion. It read:

“The purpose of this letter is to remind you that Cytotec administration by any route is contraindicated in women who are pregnant because it can cause abortion. Cytotec is not approved for the induction of labor or abortion.

Cytotec is indicated for the prevention of NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including aspirin)-induced gastric ulcers in patients at high risk of complications from gastric ulcer, e.g., the elderly and patients with concomitant debilitating disease, as well as patients at high risk of developing gastric ulceration, such as patients with a history of ulcer….

Searle has become aware of some instances where Cytotec, outside of its approved indication, was used as a cervical ripening agent prior to termination of pregnancy, or for induction of labor, in spite of the specific contraindications to its use during pregnancy.

Serious adverse events reported following off-label use of Cytotec in pregnant women include maternal or fetal death; uterine hyperstimulation, rupture or perforation requiring uterine surgical repair, hysterectomy or salpingo-oophorectomy; amniotic fluid embolism; severe vaginal bleeding, retained placenta, shock, fetal bradycardia and pelvic pain.”

Emphasis mine. Read the full letter here. 

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Abortion by pill causes “considerable pain” says manufacturer of drug

“There is considerable pain with the procedure.”

Lester Hyman, a spokesman for the manufacture of RU-486, (the abortion pill) a Roussel–Uclaf

The drug also caused significant side effects:

“An analysis of adverse drug reactions done in 2006 found more than 600 serious side effects of the drug between 2000 and 2004. There were more than 200 serious or life-threatening hemorrhages and 46 instances of infection. 11 of 17 undiagnosed ectopic pregnancies ruptured…”

“RU-486: What You Don’t Know” Heritage House ’76 2014

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