medical abortion

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medical abortion

See abortion.

medical abortion

The use of medication—as opposed to surgery—to terminate pregnancy. Medical abortions are 95% effective up to 11 weeks from last menstrual period, but may cause significant bleeding and thus must be done in or near a hospital.

Agents used
Mifepristone (orally) and/or misoprostol (vaginally).

Adverse effects
Nausea, vomiting, heavy bleeding.

medical abortion

Obstetrics An elective nonoperative abortion effected in the 1st trimester by abortifacients. See Abortion.

medical abortion

Abortion induced with a drug or drugs, e.g., the combination of mifepristone and a prostaglandin
See also: abortion
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Methotrexate thus brings about a chemical abortion by neutralizing a key essential nutrient.
The standard chemical abortion today is far different that what was recommended in 2000 when it was approved by the FDA for use in the United States.
This includes enshrining in law a right to abortion on demand in early pregnancy, of allowing nurses to perform abortions and deregulating chemical abortion procedures.
The health worker agreed an abortion should go ahead and Michelle, seven weeks pregnant, was referred to hospital for a chemical abortion.
The United States is moving forward with stem cell research and legalizing RU-486, which is simply a chemical abortion.
What Giselle's brothers will learn in time was that their mother, Samantha, was left high and dry by Giselle's father and turned to a chemical abortion pill as what she felt was her only way forward.
Those who promote the MAP as emergency contraception, rather than chemical abortion, had promoted it as a means to reduce surgical abortions.
In addition, they need clear explanations about the false security of teenage contraception and the devastating effects of medical or chemical abortion on young women.
Utah became the fourth state to amend their informed consent law to provide women with the information that it is possible to halt a chemical abortion, provided the woman does not take the second of the two drugs that make up the chemical abortion regimen.
The Report, in turn, was used to justify all forms of chemical abortion, the use of in-vitro embryos for research, the use of cloning, etc.
A chemical abortion, commonly known as RU-486, occurs when a mother is given a lethal cocktail of two powerful drugs.
Because the MAP does not in fact lower the incidence of surgical abortion, and because it frequently causes chemical abortion, it is highly probable that easy access to the MAP actually increases the overall rate of abortion.

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