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Abortion Pill

Definition of the noun abortion pill

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  1. an abortion-inducing drug developed in France; when taken during the first five weeks of pregnancy it blocks the action of progesterone so that the uterus sloughs off the embryo

Alternative definition of the noun abortion pill


  1. A drug, such as mifepristone (Mifegyne), used to terminate a pregnancy in its earliest stage.

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Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History (2012)

However, chemically induced abortion, an abortion pill, has become increasingly widespread since its approval by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000. The abortion pill, also known as “RU486,” is often confused with emergency ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Privacy: A-M (2007)

by William G. Staples

The abortion pill has the potential to make the abortion experience even more private. Emergency contraception, also referred to as Plan B or the morning-after pill, prevents implantation. It is effective for 72 hours after contraceptive failure or ...

Google previewDictionary of Environment and Development (1993)

People, Places, Ideas, and Organizations by Andy Crump

as the 'abortion pill'. Chemicals in the pill work by blocking the action of the hormone progesterone. This effectively prevents any fertilized egg from attaching itself to the uterine wall and — usually within forty-eight hours - produces an effect ...

Google previewThe Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World (2013)

by Mary Zeiss Stange, Carol K. Oyster, Jane E. Sloan

The chemical similarity of ellaOne to RU486, commonly known as “the abortion pill,” fired controversy when an FDA committee was ...

Google previewThe Concise Encyclopedia of Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health (2009)

by Deborah Mitchell

The abortion pill is mifepristone, or RU- 486, and can be taken up to sixty-three days after the first day of your last period.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Motherhood (2010)

by Andrea O'Reilly

There are offices that provide medical abortion, surgical abortion, and the abortion pill. Abortions are legal only when two separate doctors determine that the pregnancy will endanger the mother's life or will seriously affect the physical or ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Family Health (2011)

by Martha Craft-Rosenberg, Shelley-Rae Pehler

Medication Abortion Sometimes called the abortion pill, or medical abortion, medication abortion is the use of medications to terminate a pregnancy. This method is generally used by women who are no more than 9 weeks pregnant (63 days ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Law and Society (2007)

American and Global Perspectives by David S. Clark

A medical abortion, relatively new in the United States, involves the woman's taking medications (the “abortion pill”: RU-486, or mifepristone) and expelling the pregnancy through the pharmacological effects of the multistep medication ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Social Policy (2013)

by Tony Fitzpatrick, Huck-ju Kwon, Nick Manning, James Midgley, Gillian Pascall

have given way to vacuum aspiration and the so- called 'abortion pill', which has attracted much opposition in the United States.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues [4 volumes] (2010)

by Michael Shally-Jensen

Medical abortions include the use of RU-486, commonly referred to as the abortion pill, as well as other combinations of drugs, depending on the stage of pregnancy. Typically, a combination of methotrexate and misoprostol are used to end ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Women's History in America (2009)

by Kathryn Cullen-DuPont

Further Reading: “French Abortion Pill Will Be Tested in U.S.,” New York Times; Hilts, “When Medical Reliability Adds Political Sensitivity”; Leary, “Maker of Abortion Pill Reaches Licensing Pact With U.S. Group”; ———, “Broader Uses Seen for ...

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