Many states do not have informed consent laws that require abortionists to go over details regarding possible complications from abortion. Some states, like California, do not publish abortion-related data, including injuries from abortion. This is an exception from laws that require detailed reporting on all other types of injuries and deaths. Do not rely on abortionists to tell you everything you need to know about the procedure. Keep yourself informed.
Injuries from surgical abortion can include:
Very heavy bleeding
Allergic reaction to medication
Incomplete abortion requiring a second procedure
Infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes
Blood clots in the uterus
Scarring of the inside of the uterus
Injury to cervix, uterus, or other organs
Sepsis or septic shock
Complications from the abortion pill can include:
Prolonged or serious bleeding
Reaction to medication
Incomplete abortion requiring a surgical abortion procedure
The “abortion pill” or medication abortion consists of two different drugs: mifepristone (Mifeprex) and misoprostol. The use of misoprostol to terminate pregnancy is “off label,” meaning the FDA has not approved this drug for abortion.
Healthcare providers who prescribe Mifeprex are required under FDA regulations to provide the patient with a copy of the Mifeprex Medication Guide (FDA-approved information for patients).
In 2021 FDA undertook a full review of the Mifepristone REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy) Program. Based on that review, FDA has determined that the REMS will include the following elements:
1. Mifepristone must be prescribed by or under the supervision of a certified healthcare provider who meets certain qualifications, including signing a Prescriber Agreement Form;
2. The healthcare provider must obtain a signed Patient Agreement Form from the patient after counseling and prior to prescribing Mifeprex.
3. Pharmacies that dispense mifepristone must be certified.