Ru-486 can be administrated to a
woman as soon as she knows that she is pregnant and wants to have an abortion. By
contrast, a woman must wait until the 6th - 8th week before she is able to have a vacuum
termination with RU-486 is non-surgical, requires no anaesthesia and puts women at no risk
of perforation damage to the cervix or infection from instruments. Many women prefer
Ru-486 because it allows them greater psychological control over the termination of
pregnancy. It is also considered less physically invasive and appears more similar to a
miscarriage than to an induced abortion.
make abortion a more private experience. Women are usually alone when they abort. Further
research may lead to a protocol in which only a woman and her own doctor are involved in
the administration of RU-486.
the potential to make abortion more accessible. Administering it does not require the same
level of specialised medical expertise or time as surgical abortion.
tremendous potential for use in developing countries where hundreds of thousands of women
each year are injured or die from unsafe abortion.