Abortion And The Abortion Pill Essay

1615 Words Apr 20th, 2016 7 Pages
There are two methods of abortion commonly used in America; the abortion pill and an in-clinic abortion. The abortion pill is actually two different medications, mifepristone and misoprostol. This method can be used up to 70 days after the first day of a woman’s last menstrual cycle. It is a very effective method, but a follow up appointment is made to ensure that it was successful, and if it was not then more medicine is given or they do a surgical abortion. There are three steps to using the abortion pill. The first step is mifepristone, which you will be given along with some antibiotics at the clinic you go to. Mifepristone is used to block the hormone progesterone, and blocking that causes the lining of the uterus to break down, thus preventing a pregnancy from continuing. The next step is misoprostol. Misoprostol causes the uterus to be empty, and your doctor will give you instructions on when to take it, usually 24-48 hours after taking the first medication. Misoprostol will cause cramps and heavy bleeding. Most women abort around five hours after taking the second medication, but for some it could take up to a few days. The last step is the follow up that is scheduled 1-2 weeks later to ensure that the pregnancy was successfully aborted. Blood tests or an ultrasound will be used to check. The other commonly used abortion method is in-clinic abortions. There are two kinds of in-clinic abortions, aspiration and a D&E. Aspiration is usually used for up to 16 weeks…

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