RU 486: The Abortion Pill that Albury just HAD to have…

The abortion pill that Albury just HAD to have…

The risk of complications is more than ten times more likely with RU 486 than with surgical abortions.

COMPLICATIONS from the abortion pill are higher than for standard surgical terminations, according to the first big published study comparing the two methods in Australia.

The “audit” of nearly 7000 abortions performed in South Australia in 2009 and last year found that 3.3 per cent of women who used mifepristone in the first trimester of pregnancy – when most elective terminations occur – later turned up at hospital emergency departments, against 2.2 per cent who had undergone surgery.

And the rate of hospital admission jumped to 5.7 per cent for recipients of early “medical” abortions – using drugs – compared with 0.4 per cent for surgical patients re-admitted for post-operative treatment.

The findings will undermine a selling point of medical abortion – that the risk of complication is less than or equivalent to an operation – and play into the hands of opponents of the rollout of mifepristone, or RU486.

They found the incidence of serious complication was also higher for medical abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy. Two of the 5823 surgical patients suffered severe haemorrhage, involving the loss of more than a litre of blood. This equated to a rate of one in 3000, the study found. Four of the 947 women who had medical abortions had the same problem, lifting the rate to one in 200.

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  1. Reading this makes me so sad. The lies we are being told makes me realise its all driven by ‘the Liar’.

  2. […] RU486 more dangerous than surgical abortion.  The risk of complications is more than ten times more likely with RU 486 than with surgical abortions.  Read it in The Australian […]

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