Facts on the Abortion Pill: What you need to know Before you choose

This video gives some info on the abortion pill. It is a dramatization of a conversation between a womans seeking the pill and her doctor.

Know what to expect! Read first hand accounts of women who took the abortion pill here.

For information on the pill’s medical risks, go here.  and here. 

Fetal Development (how developed the embryo is)

Day 1: Sperm joins with ovum, to form one cell smaller than a grain of salt. The new life has inherited 23 chromosomes from each parent, 46 in all. This one cell contains the complex genetic blueprint for every detail of human development – the child’s sex, hair and eye color, height, skin tone

Days 3 – 4: The fertilized egg travels down the fallopian tube into the uterus, where the lining has been prepared for implantation

Days 5 – 9: During this time, the fertilized egg implants itself in the rich lining of the uterus and begins to draw nourishment.

Days 10 – 14: The developing embryo signals its presence through placental chemicals and hormones, preventing the mother from menstruating

Day 20: Foundations of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system are already established

Day 21: The heart begins to beat

Day 28: The back bone and muscles are forming. Arms, legs, eyes and ears have begun to show.

Day 30: At 1 month old, the embryo is 10,000 times larger than the original fertilized egg – and developing rapidly. The heart is pumping increasing quantities of blood through the circulatory system. The placenta forms a unique barrier that keeps the mother’s blood separate while allowing food and oxygen to pass through to the embryo.

Day 35:5 Fingers can be discerned on the hand. The eyes darken as pigment is produced.

Day 40: Brain waves can be detected and recorded

Week 6: The liver is now taking over the production of blood cells, and the brain begins to control movement of muscles and organs. The mother is about to miss her 2nd period and has probably confirmed that she is pregnant.

Week 7: The embryo begins to move spontaneously. The jaw forms, including teeth buds in the gums. Soon the eyelids will seal to protect the embryo’s developing light-sensitive eyes, and will reopen at about the 7th month

Embryo: five weeks

5 weeks

Embryo: 6 weeks

05to6 weeks

Embryo: 7 weeks


For more info on fetal development go here. 

Here is a video of an embryo at 6 weeks

If you are not sure whether or not to have an abortion, there are organizations that can help you. Birthright is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization that can help you find alternatives. They will not try to pressure you into making any kind of decision. CareNet is another group of pregnancy centers. These organizations may be able to help with things such as finding affordable prenatal care, finding a place to live if you are dealing with homelessness, on-site day care, job training, free baby items, free counseling and support groups, etc. Many of the centers offer free ultrasounds, whereas an abortion clinic or Planned Parenthood will charge you for an ultrasound. Since an ultrasound is recommended before a chemical (pill) abortion, you can save some money and safeguard your health. Some abortion clinics will give the pills without a sonogram – you should be aware that this presents a risk to your health. An ultrasound/sonogram is the only way to prove that the embryo is not implanted in the fallopian tube. If it is implanted there, surgery is necessary to remove an embryo in the fallopian tube or the tube may rupture, causing internal hemorrhaging and possibly death. In fact, several women have died after having abortion procedures which cleared out the womb but did not remove the fetus/embryo from the fallopian tube. The women thought they were no longer pregnant, but the fallopian tube ruptured leading to their deaths. You can find their stories in this section, which documents deaths from legal abortion..

14 women, in the US alone,  have died from infections after taking the abortion pill. Holly Patterson was one of them.

Also, read about the psychological risks of abortion here. This page summarizes recent research about this.

All the information on this page is provided not to convince you to make a certain decision, but because a woman like you has a right to know exactly what is going on in her own body. Women should not be kept in the dark about potential complications of abortion or the development of the embryo/fetus. Knowledge is power, and it is better to know these facts before you choose.

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Author: Sarah

Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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