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.
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
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.