Physiological and Psychological Effects of RU-486
are Less Severe than the Effects of Other Types of Abortions
RU-486, an abortion in a pill, medically called an abortifacient, was developed in France by Rousell Uclaf. This procedure of abortion has less psychological pressure and its physiological effects are also less severe than traditional surgical abortions. It can be used only up to 49 days after a women’s last menstrual cycle, making women choose before the embryo grows and develops. It also gives the woman, who is the sole decision maker, a feeling of control over her situation.
RU-486, chemical name mifepristone, is an antagonist to progesterone. Progesterone, a sex steroid, prepares the uterus for implantation and nurtures the egg. It plays the main role in the establishment of pregnancy and maintaining pregnancy to term. It helps the new embryo attach itself in the lining of the uterus, promotes development of ...