During the pregnancy, the female hormone progesterone plays a key role in the survival of the developing child. It causes the wall of the uterus to thicken and swell with blood vessels that are then used to provide nourishment to the fertilized egg that implants itself into the uterine wall.
Secondly, progesterone inhibits the normal muscular contractions of the uterine wall. These contractions are the monthly cramping women experience that is designed to rid the uterus of the extra lining and blood supply. Without the progesterone to reduce the cramping, the fertilized egg would most likely be shed with the rest of the uterine material.
In 1980, the French pharmaceutical company of Roussel Uclaf developed a pill designed to chemically induce an abortion within the first 49 days of pregnancy. The Roussel lab which developed the pill, had used the designation of 38486 for it during its research and trials. When the pill was released on the market, it was known as RU486 (RU for Roussel Uclaf and 486 short for 38486).
RU486 is an artificial steroid that blocks the effects of progesterone on the uterus. When taken after a fertilized egg has implanted itself into the rich uterine wall, the RU486 blocks any further effects of the progesterone. This causes the developing child to literally die from starvation and/or asphyxiation. Death can occur as fast as several hours if RU486 is accompanied by other drugs, or it can take days and weeks if taken alone. In the majority of cases, the child dies a very slow and agonize death. Additionally, the RU486 counters the anti-cramping effects of the progesterone, allowing the uterus to contract and expel the dead baby.
Although it is designed to murder unborn babies during the first trimester, in 2010 one Idaho woman took the abortion drug during her third trimester and killed her nearly developed child. Jennie Linn McCormack was summarily charged with using RU486, which she obtained via the Internet to abort a later pregnancy but the charges were eventually dropped.
Now, with the aid of an attorney, McCormack has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming her right to an abortion had been denied. Additionally, she claims that Idaho’s newly passed statute dealing with fetal pain was unconstitutional.
As a result of her lawsuit, Federal Judge Lynn Winmill, known for his pro-abortion views, has enjoined Idaho’s first trimester law leaving any early pregnancy open to abortion. All eyes are watching this case as it may have serious consequences for pro-life efforts in Idaho and other states.
Idaho Chooses Life president David Ripley spoke on the importance of this case, saying,
“I think that this case has some serious ramifications for the country because I believe some elements of this are going to end up in the Ninth Circuit. They’re going to set some precedent relating to first-trimester abortions at least.”
It is suspected by Ripley and others that the pro-abortion lobby is behind this case and may also be financially supporting this case in an attempt to lay the groundwork for ‘telemed’ abortions using RU486. The widespread use of RU486 would be a huge boon to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood who would not have to be bothered with doctors and abortion clinics but help provide women with the drug to take in the privacy of their own home.
However, RU486 is not only deadly to the unborn, but it is also dangerous to the woman who uses it. In the 1994 clinical trials in the US, one Iowa woman nearly bled to death after taking RU486. Other side effects of the drug include severe cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. The drug is also known to cross the blood follicle barrier allowing it to be present in the follicular fluid that surrounds the ovaries and maturing eggs. It is not known what the presence of RU486 has on the developing eggs or if it will have any effect on the children that will grow from these eggs, but the risk is there.
RU-486 is no different than any other poison that takes the life of an innocent person. People using this drug are guilty of first degree murder and should face the same legal ramifications of anyone else guilty of committing premeditated murder.