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Jeni, 34

At almost 21 weeks, Scott and I went to our appointment with the specialist. The sonogram operator asked us to be quiet, immediately changing the mood of the room.

Gina, 13

Gina is a 13-year-old who was raped. When she worried about missing her period and got a pregnancy test, she was 19 weeks pregnant.

In 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved RU 486. It is a safe, non-surgical way for women to terminate an unintended pregnancy.

RU 486 is also known as mifepristone. It works within the first nine weeks of a pregnancy. Its development represents a huge step forward for women's reproductive health.

The Challenge

Anti-choice politicians and groups are doing everything they can to restrict women's access to RU 486, even though it is proven to be very safe.

  • Some groups want to remove RU 486 from the market for no reason.
  • Some politicians are trying to make it harder for women in rural areas to access medical abortion by banning a safe practice known as telemedicine.
  • They also deliberately try to confuse RU 486 with emergency contraception (EC).

It's really important that you understand that RU 486 is not EC.

  • EC acts like birth control
  • Prevents pregnancy if taken soon afer sex
  • Does not cause abortion

Our Solution

RU 486 is a safe and legal option that women should have access to if they want to end a pregnancy within the first nine weeks. Sound science and protecting women's health – not politics – should guide medical decisions.

Anti-choice politicians shouldn't be allowed to block women's access to safe medication.


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