The RU-486 “abortion drug” is a combination of two drugs ingested early in pregnancy to end a child’s life in utero. The first drug, misoprostol, cuts off the baby’s nutrition and causes him or her to starve to death. The second drug, mifepristone, causes a woman’s uterus to contract and expel the baby. However, the combination has an astonishing rate of failure, at nearly 50%, according to Dr. Mary Davenport, Immediate Past President of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG).
Women then turn to surgical abortion to complete the tragic process they began when they ingested the abortifacient drugs. The process of beginning with a medical (RU-486) abortion and finishing with a surgical abortion is known as a “medi-surgi” abortion. In addition to the slew of side-effects to which women are exposed after either a medical or surgical abortion, women who experience both processes via the “medi-surgi” abortion face even greater risks, especially the possibility of a subsequent pre-term birth.
Pre-term birth a risk already associated with surgical abortion, but this risk is exacerbated after a medi-surgi abortion process. Dr. Davenport has compiled a number of studies that testify to this little-known correlation.
This topic is very important because preterm birth is the leading cause of death among newborns. Women should be informed prior to their abortions that the way they end the life of their so-called “unwanted” child could have serious and irreversible consequences for their subsequent “wanted” children. Unsurprisingly, however, the World Health Organization has done a huge disservice to women internationally by failing to list abortion (of any kind) among the many other risk factors that exist for subsequent preterm birth.
That organizations like the World Health Organization have failed to sound the alarm about the abortion-PTB link is even more alarming given the numbers: 135 studies affirm a positive correlation between abortion and pre-term birth, while 0 studies indicate a decreased risk for PTB after an abortion.
In a detailed presentation, Dr. Davenport synthesizes numerous studies and meta analyses of the abortion-PTB correlation to demonstrate the alarming but little-publicized risk that post-abortive women experience for preterm birth.
Is it really “pro-woman,” as the abortion lobby asserts, to proffer an ineffective abortion drug on women, when the outcome is that she will either a) end up passing a dead baby alone and in the painful physical (and possibly emotional) agony of a deliberate miscarriage, or b) end up undergoing a “do-over” surgical abortion after the RU-486 fails? The only reliable characteristic of the RU-486 is its propensity to cause more problems than abortion-minded women bargain for.
The is one piece of good news regarding the RU-486 abortion drug, however. Great strides have been made in recent years to reverse the drug’s abortifacient effects for women who change their minds (or get away from the coercive forces that made the decision for them) after ingesting it. Women can contact Abortion Pill Reversal to begin the process. Time is the number one factor in whether or not the reversal will succeed, so women are encouraged to call the instant they begin to feel that they made the wrong decision about their abortion.