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Julie

We were told our two options: we could terminate the pregnancy or carry the baby to term and see what happened. I asked point blank about the chances of a miracle. They had no optimistic outcome to share with us.

Jeni, 34

At almost 21 weeks, Scott and I went to our appointment with the specialist. The sonogram operator asked us to be quiet, immediately changing the mood of the room.

In 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved RU 486. It is a safe, non-surgical way for women to terminate an unintended pregnancy.

RU 486 is also known as mifepristone. It works within the first nine weeks of a pregnancy. Its development represents a huge step forward for women's reproductive health.

The Challenge

Anti-choice politicians and groups are doing everything they can to restrict women's access to RU 486, even though it is proven to be very safe.

  • Some groups want to remove RU 486 from the market for no reason.
  • Some politicians are trying to make it harder for women in rural areas to access medical abortion by banning a safe practice known as telemedicine.
  • They also deliberately try to confuse RU 486 with emergency contraception (EC).

It's really important that you understand that RU 486 is not EC.

  • EC acts like birth control
  • Prevents pregnancy if taken soon afer sex
  • Does not cause abortion

Our Solution

RU 486 is a safe and legal option that women should have access to if they want to end a pregnancy within the first nine weeks. Sound science and protecting women's health – not politics – should guide medical decisions.

Anti-choice politicians shouldn't be allowed to block women's access to safe medication.



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