• L-dan

    That’s great research to see. Frankly it’s reassuring as we see restrictions driving more women to ‘do it yourself’ medication abortions that are likely to include many in the second trimester.

    Which is not to say “whew, guess we can stop worrying about those restrictions now that the do it yourself variety are hopefully a bit safer than we might have thought”

    • fiona64

      Exactly. Cue the drive-by anti-choicers spewing false information any minute now, all the same.

    • Arachne646

      Two medications are rarely used in “do-it-yourself” abortions, since the one commonly known as RU-486 isn’t available without a prescription in Mexico and South America to treat stomach ulcers. Using just misoprostol (a brand name is Cytotec) is much less effective, works on early pregnancies, and could cause blood loss which could certainly become life threatening in itself–especially if a woman were alone, or afraid of being found out. I’m worried that, though we might just see more women arriving at Emergency Departments with “partial miscarriages”, some women may again die from abortions that are performed without medical assistance–not from organ perforations and blood poisoning, but blood loss and shock. Dead is dead, and anti-woman, anti-choice activists will be to blame.

      • L-dan

        That’s what I get for reading quickly. Of course they’re doing standard medication abortion with both medications in the study, while the shadow market pills are only one. *embarrassed facepalm*

        I do sort of hope that it may indicate that using only Cytotec may also be less risky than feared, simply because it’s very likely that women will do so. It’s still craptacular that abortion access has become so restricted; I’m grasping at the teeny rays of sunshine there. *sigh*

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