What is RU-486?
RU-486 was first developed in France in 1981, and is currently being tested in Canada. It is generally used from three to seven weeks gestation, and is referred to as a “chemical” or “medical” abortion, as it does not usually require surgery.
RU-486 is actually a combination of two drugs. The first, a steroid, causes the lining of the uterus to break down, effectively starving the unborn child to death . The second chemical, misoprostol, causes cramping and contractions to expel the corpse of the aborted child from the mother’s body. It is worth noting that the manufacturer of misoprostol states specifically that pregnant women should not take the drug, which is intended to treat ulcers, and that it should not be used as an abortifacient.
Is an RU-486 abortion safe?
No. RU-486 kills an unborn child, and sometimes the mother. There are reports from around the world of women dying after taking this toxic substance, some of them very young. But even those women who don’t die suffer: