Chemical abortion. No surgeon’s probe, no scraping, no suction. It’s all done with medication prescribed by a physician and taken under his or her supervision. That is, unless the law is changed, and that’s what abortion activists hope to accomplish in the next election and thereafter.

Currently, two drugs are used to induce a medical miscarriage in pregnancies under 10 weeks: mifepristone (MIF e PRIS tone), also labeled RU-486, and misoprostol (mye so PRAH stole). The two drugs are also used for actual medical conditions totally unrelated to pregnancy or miscarriage, and this article discusses them, as well.

Mifepristone, when dispensed under the commercial name, Korlym, treats high blood sugar in adults with Cushing’s syndrome who also have type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Persons who have Cushing’s and diabetes and use Korlym to lower their blood sugar are warned NOT to use Korlym if they are pregnant or there is a possibility of pregnancy because the drug will cause miscarriage.

Steroid medicines such as prednisone, dexamethasone and others are contraindicated, as are quinidine, cyclosporine (used to deter rejection in an organ transplant), and fentanyl, to name a few, because they interact poorly with Korlym.

Side effects of Korlym include nausea; low blood sugar causing headache, hunger, weakness, sweating, confusion, irritability, dizziness, fast heart rate and low potassium causing leg cramps, irregular pulse; fluttering in the chest, muscle weakness or a limp feeling. The client may have nausea and vomiting, swelling in the arms and legs and high blood pressure.

Many other drugs, herbal compounds and OTCs can affect Korlym, too. These are the side effects a patient having Cushing’s syndrome and diabetes must watch for and monitor if they take Korlym. This is a potent drug, but necessary for Cushing’s patients with out-of-control diabetes.

Now you, the reader, know the precautions for taking the drug mifepristone, otherwise known as Korlym. The same warnings should apply to the woman using mifepristone to induce an abortion.

To induce a medical abortion, mifepristone, commonly referred to as RU-486, is dispensed under the commercial name Mifeprex. The side effects listed for Mifeprex include serious and sometimes fatal infections and bleeding, though those happen rarely according to the literature (

Doctors who prescribe Mifeprex to induce an abortion should advise patients to contact them immediately if they bleed excessively or are unusually tired or weak. Clients also may experience chest pain, confusion, cough or hoarseness, a fast, weak pulse; fever or chills, lower back or side pain; painful or difficult urination; pale, cold or clammy skin; shortness of breath; or a sudden increase in stomach or shoulder pain.

A client can have a serious bacterial infection and bacteria in the blood stream and still not have a fever. Or, she can have prolonged, heavy vaginal bleeding if her abortion is incomplete and some fetal tissue is left in the uterus.

Symptoms not considered serious and likely to go away are back pain, diarrhea, dizziness, headache and nausea and vomiting. Women have commonly reported having uterine contractions or cramping, vaginal bleeding and uterine spasm. In addition, patients using Mifeprex can have anxiety and insomnia.

Those effects from Korlym and Mifeprex (same drug dispensed under different names for two totally different purposes) were reported as occurring while under a doctor’s care. What might a woman experience if she were able to buy the drug over the counter and take it at home with no medical supervision, induce her own abortion and have a serious complication arise?

Yet, abortion activists are promoting ‘everyday use’ of the drug to abort pregnancies. The Hippocratic oath taken by all medical students says in part: “I will abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm” ( That sounds more like a hypocritical oath if doctors subscribe to this practice in the future!

Thus far, you have been given a look at the abortion-inducing drug, Mifeprex (mifepristone). It is not used alone, however. The next article will discuss the second ‘partner’ drug, misoprostol, that completes the chemical abortion.

— Posted by Tom Salmon for Doris, a fellow member of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance

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3 Responses to RU-486—WHAT IS IT?

  1. murder is murder—some forms are more torturous than others…yet no one seems to “get” that

    • Tom Salmon says:


      Frankly, I don’t understand the people who promote abortion. We are all sinners, but the same people make a big deal out of the folks dying from COVID-19, mostly old people they would happily euthanize.

      • I don’t either Tom and how “they” rationalize or justify life and death and in turn minimize who may or may not be granted the opportunity to live or not grieves my soul!

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