Local Abortion Threat: The Truth About Chemical/Medical Abortions

Currently, Whole Woman's Health Alliance's license application for the South Bend abortion facility includes a waiver requesting to bypass certain regulations on the grounds that it will not provide surgical abortions for the time being. 


In the State of Indiana, chemical abortions can be performed up to 63 days following a woman's last menstrual period. The law also requires that a woman seeking chemical abortion provide informed consent at least 18 hours before taking the first of two abortion pills. 


A chemical abortion is not just a simple pill. During a chemical abortion, the pregnant woman first takes pills containing the drug, Mifepristone (also known as RU-486). Mifepristone blocks the hormone, progesterone, breaking down the lining of the uterus and cutting off blood and nourishment to the unborn child inside. The baby then dies in the mother's womb. Bleeding starts for nearly half of women the following day. [1]


Approximately 24-48 hours after taking Mifepristone, the woman returns to take the drug, Misoprostol, orally or vaginally. This drug starts uterine contractions, cramping, and additional bleeding. The dead child is then expelled from the mother's body within the next several days. 


In some cases, chemical abortions fail, at which time, women are typically offered surgical abortion. The rate of failure for a chemical abortion is 1 in 12. [2]


Adverse effects of chemical abortions include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, heavy bleeding, and in some cases, maternal death. 


In some cases, a woman may regret beginning the abortion process. If this is the case, IT MAY NOT BE TOO LATE. Doctors in our community have successfully reversed abortions shortly after the drug, Mifepristone, has been taken. If you or anyone you know regret starting a chemical abortion, call the number below RIGHT AWAY.

Abortion Pill Reversal

(877) 558-0333



1. FDA MEDICATION GUIDE, Mifeprex. Found at http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm088643.pdf accessed on 8/3/2016).

2. MD GUIDELINES, Medical Codes, Uterus, Perforation of. Found at http://wwwmdguidelines.com/uterus-perforation-of accessed 8/3/2016).