Ten years ago tomorrow (September 28th, 2010) the United States Food and Drug Administration approved the use of mifepristone along with misoprostol for early term abortions. Data from the Centers for Disease Control show that while the incidence of abortion has remained steady, the share of those performed very early in pregnancy has increased.
Medication abortion is a safe, straightforward option for ending an early unwanted pregnancy, and could be made more available and less expensive if home use were an option.
Researchers say a recent New York Times piece on off-label misoprostol use misses the point, implying that New York City Latinas are seriously endangering their health while ignoring safe use in countries where abortion is illegal.
Researchers in Michigan say misoprostol, the drug most commonly used with RU-486 to induce an abortion, may have dangerous consequences if taken vaginally but is completely safe when taken orally.
Helped along by Reuters, the Pope delivers his error-riddled opinion on pharmacists, the abortion pill, and emergency contraception.