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What is the Abortion Pill

Whether you call it RU-486, or a chemical or medical abortion, it is all the same and used to cause an abortion up to ten weeks of pregnancy. It is NOT Plan B or the morning after pill. It is completely different and quickly becoming the most used method and possibly the most dangerous way to abort a pregnancy.

It sounds simple, quick, and easy; but an abortion pill abortion has also been described as slow, bloody, and painful by those who have used this method. Abortion pill abortions are done up to 10 weeks of pregnancy and cost up to $800 according to Planned Parenthood, depending upon where you live and whether you have insurance, etc.

There is not just one pill; there are two medical abortion pills. Mifepristone (RU-486) is the first pill taken and works by blocking the hormone progesterone produced in your own body. Progesterone is necessary for the normal growth of your baby and the maintenance of your pregnancy. The second pill prescribed is called Misoprostol and is used several hours or days later to cause hard labor, thus ending the pregnancy by dispelling the body of the dead baby.

The first pill is given to the patient in a clinic by a certified healthcare provider. The next pill to be administered is given to the patient to take home and ingest when it is convenient for her to have the actual abortion. As she will experience heavy cramping and bleeding for several hours after taking these pills, the clinic will recommend that she be prepared to be at home where she can make herself as comfortable as possible.

There will be heavy cramping and bleeding (much like a miscarriage), nausea, vomiting, and intense pain- often while she is alone if she has kept her abortion a secret. When the fetus comes out, it will be up to her to dispose of it. Patients are not told that when the abortion is complete, therefore, they will be looking at the bodies, the eyes, the hands, and other body parts at home in their toilet bowls, shower drains, or underwear. The clinic will recommend that she be prepared to be at home where she can make herself as comfortable as possible.

Patients are also advised to return to their healthcare provider one to two weeks later to be sure all the fetal remains have been removed so there will not be an infection or a need for a surgical abortion.

Mifepristone (RU-486) has been available in the United States since 2000, and it has been estimated that one-quarter of the abortions performed each year, roughly 200,000, are medical abortions using the so-called abortion pills.

During a non-surgical abortion, mifepristone (the first pill) is given at Planned Parenthood or another abortion clinic and is used up until 10 weeks of pregnancy. Mifepristone counteracts the natural pregnancy hormone progesterone, which is critical to maintaining a pregnancy. With the natural pregnancy hormones halted, the pregnancy ends.

Mifepristone has been available in the United States since 2000, and it has been estimated that one-quarter of the abortions performed each year, roughly 200,000, are medical abortions using the so-called abortion pills.

This method of abortion is performed in the early weeks of pregnancy and involves the ingestion of mifepristone (RU-486) which kills the baby, followed a couple days later by misoprostol, a drug which expels the now dead baby from the mother’s body.

Abortion Pill Experiences

I’m 16 and my boyfriend is 18. A week ago today, I took the medical pill. Then Friday last week I took the four pills that make you basically go into abort. I started throwing up, and I felt the tissue come out. I looked in my underwear, and there was the baby fetus looking at me with one eye. It was horrible.

I now regret it greatly and wish I had my baby. I never thought I would regret it, but now I regret it more than anything. I am convinced that not a day will go by that I won’t tell that child how sorry I am. I will never forget looking at my dead child and saying I’m so sorry while crying my eyes out.

This happened to me. I bled for 6 months straight. I paid $500 cash to bleed out for 6 months, only to find out there was still fetal tissue attached to my uterus that was causing active blood flow. I would suggest no one use the abortion pill. I ended up in surgery because of it.

Someone very close to me used it and ended up in the hospital for 3 months with blood clots and deep vein thrombosis. She was 16 when this happened. She survived. Stay away from this pill ladies. It’s not worth your life. Planned Parenthood gives out this pill with no explanation of the serious side effects that can happen. Their follow-ups are nonexistent. These women think this drug is safe. It is not.

When I took the pill it was a nightmare experience, and I was in pain bleeding for 2 days. I had to go back to the clinic a week later to get an ultrasound specifically to make sure there was no fetus left inside of me.

Abortion Pill Risks, Dangers & Deaths

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration report of 09/01/2023 reported 32 deaths in the U.S. and 4,200 serious complications from abortion pills (read more here). It is unknown how many other complications and/or deaths go unreported. The causes of death from the abortion pill included sepsis, hemorrhage, toxic shock, liver failure, and others.

Many teens want to keep a pregnancy a secret from their parents, so the parents won’t know they are sexually active. If you believe this is just a pill to solve your problem and make your period start, it sounds like the perfect solution. However, you may have no idea what you are getting yourself into or how to recognize complications after having this medication abortion. This is why many states require parental consent or parental notification before an abortion on a minor.

A case in point is 18-year-old Holly Patterson from San Francisco, California. Holly went to a Planned Parenthood clinic to quietly consider ways to handle a life change she wasn’t ready for. One week later, the 18-year-old lay dying on an emergency room table, the victim of complications after she took the drugs for the non-surgical abortion.

Her death has already caused her grief-stricken father to hope that the tragedy will encourage other women considering abortion to seek support, especially from their families.

Holly Patterson, who lived in the San Francisco suburb of Livermore, visited a Planned Parenthood clinic on September 10 to take the first pill. She followed the prescribed procedure for using RU-486, taking them at home the following day.

After experiencing bleeding and cramps so severe that she was unable to walk, her boyfriend rushed her to the hospital, where she was given painkillers and sent home. She was back in the hospital a few days later and died on September 17.

Monty Patterson said he learned from an attending physician at the hospital that she had died after a massive infection caused by fragments of the fetus left inside her uterus caused her to go into septic shock.

To read about other possible complications, please click here.

Each state has its own statistical requirements for reporting abortions. Some are very limited, while others are very thorough. Ohio is one of those states which requires detailed statistics; and with the increased use of the abortion pill, they saw a corresponding increase in complications. 2017 saw an 87% increase in complications over 2014.

Complications included incomplete abortions, severe bleeding, failed abortions, and infections. In 2017 there were 76 surgical abortions in Ohio to complete abortions when the abortion pill failed to do the job.

Abortion Pill Reversal

Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Delgado, it is now possible to reverse the outcome of RU-486! To understand how it works, please read below.

This method of abortion is performed in the early weeks of pregnancy and involves the ingestion of mifepristone (RU-486) which kills the baby, followed a couple of days later by misoprostol, a drug that expels the now-dead baby from the mother’s body.

Tragically, some women who took the first abortion pill and had second thoughts spent the next two days agonizing over their decision to abort their child; but the abortion was in process, and there was no turning back.

Then, in December 2012, NaProTechnology doctors published a study in the Journal of Pharmacotherapy about a procedure they had developed to reverse the abortion pill procedure midway through the process and halt the impending abortion.

They determined that by injecting the pregnancy hormone progesterone, they were able to counter the effects of the mifepristone, thus establishing an antidote for the abortion pill.

According to Debbie Bradel, the abortion pill reversal coordinator at Culture of Life Family Services, the impact of a medical abortion on the pregnant woman can be much more traumatic as the abortion is begun by the mother herself ingesting the pill rather than a doctor doing the procedure while she is under an anesthetic. This impact can result in enough guilt and remorse to want to stop the abortion.

As a result of his successful procedures, Dr. George Delgado established the Abortion Pill Reversal Project and created a network of 60 doctors across the country who are able to perform the abortion reversals. They can now be reached through their toll-free hotline at 1-877-558-0333 or online at

It is vitally important to get this information out to all women who are considering or having abortions by taking the abortion pill. They have every right to know that if they change their minds, there is a way to stop the abortion.

However, after checking online, there was no information at all from any abortion clinic offering medical abortions that this option was available if a woman changed her mind. There were no referrals to help these women.

Even though television commercials about powerful drugs are required to advise people of the possible complications and recommend that they see a physician when appropriate and even though similar warnings are listed on the backs of medications, there appears to be no such notice for women taking the abortion pill.

Many such warnings refer to complications as anxiety, depression, and feelings of despair; and those are exactly the feelings of these women. It seems only reasonable that they should be given the option of stopping their abortion if they so choose. After all, that is what choice is supposed to be about.

Without progesterone the placenta fails, cutting off oxygen and nutrition to the baby, resulting in the death of the baby. The patient leaves the clinic after the first pill and is instructed to take the second pill, misoprostol, within the next two days. Misoprostol causes contractions which will then expel the dead baby within several hours.

Having been first approached by a desperate girl who had taken only the first pill and then decided she wanted to stop her abortion, Dr. George Delgado from San Diego, California, tried a new technique he felt might work for her. Since it is the progesterone that is necessary to maintain the pregnancy, Dr. Delgado felt that if the patient was given high and frequent injections of progesterone, it just might counteract the mifepristone and stop the abortion.

To test his theory, he needed an individual that met the specific criteria. Read about a successful abortion pill reversal below.

This was followed up by further injections and ultrasounds to monitor the baby. His efforts produced the desired results, as the new mother gave birth to a healthy baby boy several months later.

After studying five other cases, Dr. Delgado published his medical protocol for reversing the abortion pill in The Annals of Pharmacotherapy in December 2012. Dr. Delgado revealed that the latest the treatment was successful was 72 hours after taking the first mifepristone and now estimates the success rate at 64% to 68%.

Dr. Delgado is the medical director at the Culture of Life Family Services, a Catholic family healthcare clinic and crisis pregnancy center in San Diego, and is rapidly expanding the reach of the abortion pill reversal technique. He now has a network of 900 professional healthcare providers who are available 24/7. Check out the Abortion Pill Reversal technique and network by clicking here.

Dr. Delgado certainly has his work cut out for him, however, as California alone represents 17% of all abortions nationwide. In fact, in California, 23% of all pregnancies end in abortion, compared to the national average of 16.9%. Abortion clinics are advertising extensively in California as well.

In the beginning, this was called fake news by abortion providers and proponents, but this is no longer the case. Prometrium is approved by the FDA and is routinely used to prevent miscarriages and premature labor with no side effects.

Even abortion advocates are questioning where this change of mind fits into their concept of choice for women. One abortionist, Dr. Christine Henneberg, even wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle that to fall back on the argument that we do not have enough scientific evidence on reversal methods is a cop-out.

Just as narcotic overdoses can be reversed with a medication called Narcan, so can Prometrium reverse an abortion in progress. Women who change their minds do have options.

The Dangers of Purchasing Abortion Pills Online

Be aware of the dangers of buying abortion pills over the Internet. It is illegal in the U.S. to sell them over the Internet as they must be prescribed by a physician. In March 2019, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration told internet out-of-country abortion pill providers to stop their advertising in the U.S., stating, that the drug carries a risk of serious or even life-threatening adverse effects, including serious and sometimes fatal infections and prolonged heavy bleeding. More can be read here.

One such website calls the pills safe but warns buyers to live within one hour of a hospital just in case they lose too much blood. This same website encourages women to lie about taking the abortion pill if they must be hospitalized.

The FDA emphasizes that people who buy the abortion pill over the Internet are bypassing safeguards put in place to protect the health and safety of US citizens.

Research Data

If you do a Google search for abortion in California, 15 to 16 abortion clinics will come up on the first page, compared to only 1 site offering alternatives to abortion. Some clinics focus their ads on the abortion pill and emphasize that abortion can take place in the comfort of your own home. Many other clinics appeal to the college population offering no surgery options and RU-486. These clinics estimate that 30% of all abortions are now performed using the RU-486 pills.

Regardless of these statistics, the Abortion Pill Reversal Project (APR) under Dr. Delgado’s leadership is growing rapidly to offer another choice to girls who have second thoughts about ending their pregnancies. Anyone who has taken that first pill and then changed her mind can go online to Abortion Pill Reversal or call their toll-free hotline at 877-558-0333.

After stopping the abortion pill process, they won’t just leave a girl to fend for herself. They have helped with housing, medical benefits, counseling, and necessities for the girls and their babies. Like pressing a rewind button, they are providing real choices to those who want and need them.

Look out for boyfriends who are pushing you to have an abortion. Abortion pills make it easy for them to slip into drinks or food to cause an abortion you might not want. There have already been numerous court cases and convictions of this happening.

Dr. Sikander Imran from Arlington, Virginia, placed four times the amount of abortion pills generally subscribed into the tea his girlfriend of three years was drinking because she refused to have an abortion. He was successful in killing her 17-week-old unborn baby and ultimately pled guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Likewise, Scott Bollig from WaKeeney, Kansas, crushed abortion pills and served them to his girlfriend in pancakes, killing her 10-week-old unborn baby. Bollig is serving ten years in prison for his actions.

John Walden, the son of a prominent Florida doctor was able to get the abortion pills through the fertility clinic his father operated. After arranging for his girlfriend to have a prenatal exam at the clinic, he told her she had a bacterial infection and needed to take an antibiotic. He switched the labels on the drugs, giving her the abortion pills instead.

After experiencing excruciating pain, she went to the hospital and lost her baby. Walden later accepted a plea bargain, but the judge gave him the maximum sentence he could of 14 years in prison for his cowardly act.

Jeffrey Smith of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, decided to take matters into his own hands when his girlfriend refused to abort their child. He slipped abortion pills into her water bottle attempting to kill her unborn child.

Fortunately, she noticed residue in the bottom of the bottle and did not drink from it. Instead, she called the police. Smith has been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child and is awaiting trial.

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