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abortion pill

abortion pill

A popular term for RU-486/mifepristone.

abortion pill

See Contragestive, Oral contraceptive, RU-486.

a·bor·tion pill

(ă-bōr'shŭn pil)
A means of expelling an embryo or fetus during the first 7 weeks of pregnancy with a combination of a progesterone antagonist and prostaglandins.

abortion pill

A drug, RU486 or mifepristone, that acts by blocking the action of PROGESTERONE which is essential to maintain pregnancy. A second drug, one of the PROSTAGLANDINS, has to be taken within 48 hours to complete the expulsion of the fertilized egg. The method is said to be 95% effective. See also ABORTION.
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Publicly, advocates of the abortion pill say they support the new warnings, but they worry how those warnings may impact demand.
Until now, the abortion pill has only been given in hospitals but family planning clinics and GPs were recently given the go ahead to use them.
Only when these new providers begin dispensing the abortion pill will we have increased access to abortion services.
Equally important, she notes that few doctors outside of abortion clinics are actually offering the abortion pill to their patients.
WE echo the sentiments of the Archbishop of Cardiff, Peter Smith, chairman of the Bishops' Conference Department of Christian Responsibility and Citizenship, who has criticised the Government's plans to make the DIY abortion pill RU486, to be taken in the first nine weeks of pregnancy, widely available.
Plans to pilot an abortion pill raised Record readers' tempers to boiling point.
One year after mifepristone - aka RU-486, aka the abortion pill - became available to the general public, neither anti-abortion nor abortion-rights advocates should claim the controversial pill has significantly altered the map of female sexuality, according to recent survey data.
Under the scheme, women who are less than nine weeks pregnant take the abortion pill RU486 which effectively stops pregnancy by blocking critical hormones.
His first act in office in 1993 was to restore abortion financing as "aid" to Third World countries; he pushed through approval of the abortion pill RU486; he okayed fetal experimentation; he aggressively promoted the funding of population control; and one of his last acts was to issue a regulation that would redefine the terms "fetus" and "child" so that babies born alive could be used for medical research.
With the FDA's recent decision to permit trade in RU-486, the abortion pill, the issue may soon be less pressing.
It's a myth that the morning-after abortion pill can help reduce abortion rates," said Judie Brown, president of American Life League.