Italy Legalizes Abortion Pill

Italy Legalizes Abortion Pill

Last week, Italy gave final approval to the sale of the abortion pill RU486. The pill will be available throughout the country in a few weeks but will only be administered at hospitals.

RU486, also known as Mifepristone, was discovered in 1980 by French Researchers. The pill terminates pregnancies up to 8 weeks along by blocking the hormone progesterone, which is needed for the pregnancy to continue, causing the uterine lining to shed and the baby to be expelled.

China was the first country to approve mifepristone for medical use in 1988, followed soon after by France. The US FDA approved the pill in September 2000.  Italy is one of the last countries in Europe to license the pill.

Although it varies from country to country, the abortion pill accounts, on average, for about half of all early abortions.

2 Comments
  • montgomery
    Posted at 10:50h, 18 December Reply

    The article lacks credibility when RU-486 (mifepristone) is confused with the morning after pill (referred to in the U.S. as Plan B). The two drugs are very different in their formulation and method of delivery. RU-486, otherwise known as the Abortion Pill is not an emergency contraceptive pill. RU-486 is a drug used for early pregnancy termination that blocks the hormone pregesterone that is necessary to maintain a pregnancy. The morning-after pill is used as a emergency contraceptive(EC)to prevent ovulation or fertilization and possibly post-fertilization implantation of an embryo. Accurate reporting of the facts will provide the reader a better understanding of the issues.

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