Misconception Monday: The Abortion Pill is a Quick and Easy Solution

  • Ryan Phillips
  • 02/01/2021

Misconception: The abortion pill is a quick and easy solution.

Abortion industry giants, such as Planned Parenthood, advertise the so-called “abortion pill” as a quick and easy solution to ending a pregnancy. They claim that all you have to do is take a pill, wait a few days, and the problem is resolved. They also say that there are no surgeries or other clinical visits required, and that while there may be some minor, temporary bleeding or discomfort, all side-effects are short-lived and you can quickly resume life as if nothing ever happened. 

However, the realities of this abortion method are much more troubling and dark than this rosy picture. The “abortion pill”, as this method is commonly called, can more accurately be classified as a medical abortion—meaning the baby’s life is ended and removed via chemicals, instead of physical instruments used in later term abortions. This method can be performed up to the 10th week of pregnancy.  

In the “abortion pill” process, there are actually two pills taken in succession. The first pill is called mifepristone (RU-486). This pill blocks the production of progesterone, which breaks down the lining of the uterus and cuts off the blood supply and nutrients to the developing baby, thereby killing it. Although the baby is dead at this point, there is typically no natural mechanism to expel it this early in the pregnancy. The deceased child will remain inside the uterus until the mother takes a second pill, misoprostol, which induces severe cramping, contractions, and heavy bleeding in an effort to expel the dead child.

Severe bleeding, pain, nausea, fever, and cramping are common and can last for several days. The mother is left to deal with all of this on her own at home, without support from the abortion clinic. But, the most disconcerting aspect of this procedure— that Planned Parenthood is completely silent on—is that the mother must deliver the dead child completely on her own, typically into the bathtub or the toilet.  

There is no protocol given for how to properly dispose of a child’s remains. A developing baby can be up to an inch long at 9 weeks, and if the mother looks closely, she can make out its fingers and toes. With nowhere else to turn, these deceased children commonly meet their unceremonious end with the indignation of their human remains being flushed down the toilet by the mother who ended their life. The psychological trauma of such an event can stay with a mother through the rest of her life.  

It is important to note that if a mother has taken the first pill and changes her mind, the baby can often be saved if an injection of progesterone is taken quickly thereafter. Contact Abortion Pill Rescue to receive help or to learn more about the abortion pill reversal process.

A medical abortion will certainly end a child’s life, but there is nothing quick or easy about it—for the child or for the mother.  


Here at Pro-Life Utah, we do everything we can to not only provide accurate information regarding abortion, but we also empower women to choose life by providing physical and emotional resources. Find out how you can donate, or find out more about our free resources for pregnant and post-abortive women.

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