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.
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 ofPharmacotherapy 40. 2 (2006): 191 – 97
Read more about the health risks of the abortion pill here
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.”
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.”
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.”
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
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.”
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