Abortion Groups Claim Abortion Pill Is Totally Safe. Here Are The FDA’s Latest Numbers

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Women’s health groups claim that abortion, and particularly the abortion pill, is safe, but data shows that abortion-inducing drugs are not risk-free.

Planned ParenthoodNARAL Pro-Choice America, Whole Women’s Health and other abortion providers contend that abortion is safe and that attempts to educate women about the risks of abortion are disingenuous ploys intended to restrict abortion access.

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) most recent update shows that since the abortion pill was approved, 22 women have died, 97 women have suffered ectopic pregnancies, 1,041 women have been hospitalized, and 411 women have contracted infections after taking the abortion pill.

“As of December 31, 2017, there were reports of 22 deaths of women associated with mifepristone since the product was approved in September 2000,” the FDA’s March 28 report reads. Those deaths included two ectopic pregnancies resulting in death and several cases of fatal severe infection.

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The abortion pill is 98 percent effective for women less than eight weeks pregnant and 96 percent effective for women eight to nine weeks pregnant. The pill is 91 to 93 percent effective for women who are between nine and 10 weeks along in pregnancy, according to Planned Parenthood.

The pill costs roughly $300 to $800 depending on the state and the woman’s health care plan. (RELATED: Ohio Abortion Clinic Says It’s Not An Abortion Clinic. It Provides Abortions)

“Safe, legal, and rare” is some stigmatizing bullshit.

I will provide as many abortions as people need. If you need one #abortion or two abortions or twelve abortions, I’m here for you. #sorrynotsorry #shoutyourabortion

— Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper (@GynAndTonic) July 25, 2018

The FDA notes that while it has received reports of serious adverse events in cases where women took abortion-inducing drugs, “adverse events cannot with certainty be causally attributed to mifepristone because of concurrent use of other drugs, other medical or surgical treatments, co-existing medical conditions, and information gaps about patient health status and clinical management of the patient.”

Complications from the abortion pill, RU486, have also rose in Ohio, according to a July 20 Operation Rescue report. There were 106 complications due to pill-induced abortions in 2017, a 44-percent increase from 2016 and an 87-percent increase from 2014.

Ohio abortion clinics saw 192 abortion medication complications between 2014 and 2017, and the abortion pill has caused 47 medical complications in 2018.

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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to better reflect the number of complications arising from the abortion pill.

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