Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Abortion Pill, Mifepristone, Not Used As Often As Expected

USA Today: Decade after abortion pill's OK, it's not used as often as expected, by Rita Rubin:

Ten years ago today, the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug mifepristone, previously known as RU-486, for the early termination of pregnancies.

Before mifepristone was approved, proponents expected that doctors and other health care providers, such as nurse practitioners, who didn't perform surgical abortions would incorporate the so-called abortion pill into their practices. In 1999, The New York Times described mifepristone as "the little white bombshell," because of its potential to change how abortion was provided in the USA.

But for the most part, that hasn't happened, though proponents say they still hope Mifeprex, mifepristone's brand name, will gain wider acceptance among health care providers. . . .


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