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Ten years ago a pill was developed in France it was informally called RU-486 its intent was to give women wanting an abortion an easy alternative to surgery but is America ready for this revolutionary pill Since the late 1980s when America first got wind of the fact that Europe had developed and was testing a pill that would make surgical abortions obsolete pro-choice and pro-life activists have had a field day But the issue in this case isnt what is morally right it is that RU-486 isnt safe enough for American women From the numerous tests done in America there have been too many negative effects on the women who opt for the medical abortion an abortion performed using the pill as apposed to the surgical one The combination of the pills mifepristone RU-486 and misoprostol prostaglandin needs to be recalled until more tests can be done and improvements made because in the beginning stages that the drug is in now RU-486 does more harm than good RU-486 in Europe RU-486 was developed in France in 1982 but it wasnt until 1988 that is was approved as a successful alternative to surgical abortions The only set back is the drug can only be used in the first seven weeks of pregnancy After that time the fetus has grown to large to be easily passed out of the vagina and can put the woman at great risk Not to mention the psychological setbacks that could occur if the woman recognizes the passed fetus as actually being a baby After seven weeks the fetus has grown fingers toes and has a well-defined body structure The new abortion pill is actually a two-pill regimen first RU-486 which is an antiprogestin This causes the uterus to shed its lining which extricates the embryo Then several days later you take second pill known as misoprostol which induces uterine contractions that in turn expel the fertilized egg
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