Changing the rules for the abortion drug mifepristone thereby allowing its use through up to 70 days of gestation (previously 49 days) is a substantial difference.  The FDA has bowed to pressure from drug companies and abortion advocates, but the ones who will feel the deplorable effects of this change will be the women sent home to endure a painful and shocking process by themselves and of course their babies.

“As a radiologist who performs fetal ultrasound every day, I can say that a 10 week old fetus is a well developed and recognizably human creature.  Head, hands, feet, and vigorous movement are evident even to the untrained eye.  Also at issue is the psychological and physical impact on a woman, sent home to experience the very painful cramps of a chemical abortion of a fetus that size.  Besides the considerable blood loss and pain, there is every chance of a woman recognizing a fully formed fetus amongst the expelled ‘products of conception.”

Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie
Advisory Board Member with The Catholic Association

Anyone who approves of the FDA’s decision to extend at-home medical abortions up to 10 weeks of pregnancy should consult WedMD’s description of the 10 week old baby a woman will encounter as the abortion proceeds, “Your baby is still small but looks and acts like a baby. Arms and legs are longer and can bend at the elbows and knees.

Maureen Ferguson
Senior Policy Advisor with The Catholic Association