Today is the ten-year anniversary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s approval of the use of the abortion drug mifepristone, also known as RU-486 or the "abortion pill", in combination with the second drug, misoprostol. Marketed as Mifeprix, this alternative to surgical abortion for terminating early pregnancies has seen a substantial increase in use in the past decade, allowing many women a choice between medication or a surgical procedure when seeking an early abortion. While the number of medication abortions and providers offering them increased, the total number of abortions performed in the U.S. declined. However, the expectation that abortion access would improve, especially in rural areas, was not realized, according to a Guttmacher Institute report released last year.
Mifepristone and Misoprostol: 10 Years Later
September 28th, 2010