The United States made chemical abortions available in 2000. Christa takes us a through a 21 year history of chemical abortions, what they look like, feel like and what the future holds.
Chemical abortions can also be referred to as RU-486, the abortion pill, and non-surgical abortions. In a fast-paced world, that often desires instant gratification, chemical abortion have grown in popularity because they are marketed as convenient, private and abortion on demand. To a woman, or couple, in crisis this option is appealing to immediately solve the problem of an unplanned pregnancy.
However, what women and men are told is very different from what the actual experience will be. Chemical abortions are supposed to be done in the earliest stages of pregnancy, up to 11 weeks, however many abortion clinics and industries will prescribe this well past 11 weeks and into 13 weeks. Women take a combination of Mifepristone (which blocks progesterone), and Misoprostol (which causes the uterus to empty out.)
During a chemical abortion women will experience cramping, vaginal bleeding, nausea, weakness, vomiting, headaches, and the risk of infection. Women are promised it will resemble a period, however it is far worse. Additionally, the woman is alone without medical supervision, and often without even a parent or friend, and therefore goes through this experience scared, sick and alone. Additionally, some women (not all), will see their child after a chemical abortion. This leads to confusion and feelings of betrayal. They are not told this could happen, and are left to either flush or bury their baby.
In the midst of all of this shocking, scary information Christa mentions, that in the future, “there is hope.” The Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) empowers women with choices, and makes it possible to choose again.