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Researchers at Franciscan University have news for you. Commonly used drugs to induce abortion in early gestation cause significant physiological and behavioral harm. They found this in pregnant rats who got the drugs.
The leader of the research team was Dr. Stephen Sammut. He is a professor of psychology. He reports that rats who were administered the abortion-inducing drugs mifepristone and misoprostol early in pregnancy had significant symptoms of depression and behavioral change. They appeared prone to severe stress.
Mifepristone, also known as RU-486, is a powerful drug that interferes with the mother’s hormone balance in early or mid-pregnancy. It blocks the effect of progesterone, the pregnancy hormone. Then it opens the cervix and squeezes the uterus to expel the developing child. It causes significant bleeding. Indeed, cramping and bleeding may last for over a month after the induced abortion. It is commonly prescribed for “emergency” contraception.