Whoops! – Abortion pill ‘less safe than surgery’

According to The Australian

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.

Exactly. Women deserve protection – and the truth!

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7 comments for “Whoops! – Abortion pill ‘less safe than surgery’

  1. Sb
    11 May 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Bob did you actually read the report?

    The summary says:
    The progesterone antagonist mifepristone has been in use for so long that the patent (RU486, by which it was known) has expired.

    After extensive use in many countries, including France (since 1988), China (since 1988), the United Kingdom (since 1991), the United States of America (since 2000) and New Zealand (since 2001), there is now ample evidence of its safety and efficacy in inducing abortion.

    It also shows promise when used for a number of other indications including cervical ripening before surgical abortion, induction of labour at term, menstrual regulation, postcoital contraception and treatment of fibroids.

    How about that for truth!

  2. Bob
    11 May 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Here’s some more truth

    The US FDA has released reports of complications including death resulting from:
    haemorrhage (excessive bleeding)
    serious and sometimes fatal infections
    missed diagnoses of ectopic pregnancy (outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube)
    Up to 10% of women will still require surgical abortions to complete the process and there have been at least five deaths in the US that resulted directly from severe infection in the blood stream of women who took RU-486 orally.  

    Edouard Sakiz, chairman of Roussel Uclaf, the company that first marketed RU-486  said “As abortifacient procedures go, RU-486 is not at all easy to use . . . a woman who wants to end her pregnancy has to ‘live’ with her abortion for at least a week using this technique. It’s an appalling psychological ordeal.”

    And Dr. Etienne-Emile Baulieu, the inventor of RU-486 “It’s insulting to women to say that abortion now will be as easy as taking aspirins. It is always difficult, psychologically and physically, sometimes tragic.”

  3. Sb
    11 May 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Ah so you did not actually read the report and realise that the article in the Australian is a pack of lies!

    Thought not

  4. Bob
    11 May 2011 at 3:32 pm

    We’ll go with the unanimous message of both the US FDA and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (Australia), but also the comments of the company and inventor.

    Extensive use in countries means nothing – you’ve obviously forgotten about Vioxx – also marketed as a god-send!!

  5. Sb
    11 May 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Well I would go with up to date information rather than out of date.

    The quote that you are using from the inventor was given in an interview in 1988. Checking my calendar on the wall that turns out to be 23 years ago.

    So yes well done you are using data from 23 years ago and I am quoting from a report published in May 2011.

    Which of us is more likely to be relevant to a woman taking the decision today?

  6. Bob
    11 May 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Both and all.

    Negative side effects can last for years. Check out http://www.buttonsproject.org.nz

  7. logan
    22 January 2012 at 6:58 pm

    The safest method is adoption.

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