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Early Abortion Pill 10x Deadlier for Mothers Than Surgery

Friday, 02 December 2005 12:00 AM

Medical experts are now saying that mifespristone, the early abortion pill linked to four U.S. deaths may be 10 times more dangerous for the mother than early abortion surgery.

In an article in The New England Journal of Medicine, the FDA's Dr. Marc Fisher said recent reports of the four deaths of U.S. abortion pill users due to a rare bacterial infection suggest that abortions induced by prescription drugs carry a notable risk, as do surgical abortions.

And Dr. Michael Greene, a former chairman of the FDA Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee, added that more than 460,000 pregnancy terminations have involved mifepristone.

He calculated that the mortality risk of this procedure is around 1 in 100,000: 10 times that of surgical abortions performed after fewer than eight weeks' gestation. Mifepristone is approved for the termination of pregnancies at fewer than seven weeks' gestation.

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