(4) RU486 is an artificial steroid that interferes with the action of progesterone, a hormone crucial to the early progress of pregnancy.
Failing to receive that signal, a woman's body shuts down the preparation of the uterus and initiates the normal menstrual process.The child, deprived of necessary nutrients, starves to death.The baby detaches and is swept out of the body along with the decayed uterine lining. Those pills operate in a different way and during a different time frame than RU486.Heavy bleeding, nausea, vomiting, and painful uterine contractions are common features of a process TIME magazine calls "A painful, messy, and protracted." About 2% hemorrhage and more than 1 in a 100 require hospitalization.An Iowa woman took RU486 and lost nearly 3/4 of her blood and likely would have died without emergency surgery. The pill's promoters have reason to believe RU486 will help them increase the number of doctors willing to perform abortions.
Since there has always been a corrolary between the number of abortions and the number of abortionists, RU 486 is likely to increase the number of abortions in the U. beyond the already appalling at just over 1.2 million a year.
RU 486 is a chemical compound that, taken in pill form, can induce abortion in women up to nine weeks pregnant.
This compound gets the first part of its name from the French company, Roussel Uclaf, which first developed the abortion pill back in 1980.
The "486" designation is the shortened version of the original "38486" compound number the pill was first assigned in the Roussel Uclaf laboratory.
(1) RU486 is also known by its generic name, mifepristone, and by Mifegyne, the name under which RU486 is marketed in Europe.
(2) "Mifeprex," is the name under which it is to be sold in the United States, (3) though it will also be marketed as the "Early Option" pill.