US survey: Opposition to abortion pills increases after learning how they work

People are more likely to oppose the use of abortion pills after learning how they work, a survey has revealed.

Of 1,200 US adults, 45 per cent initially supported the availability of the pills used in medical abortions and 31 per cent did not. But after watching a video on the pills’ process, opposition rose to 42 per cent with only 39 per cent in favour.

Medical abortions involve taking two tablets – mifepristone, which is designed to kill the developing baby, and misoprostol which induces a miscarriage to expel it from the womb.

‘Hearts and minds’

When respondents were asked to comment on what changed their mind about the pills after watching the video, the most common reasons given were “seeing the development” of the baby and “it’s killing a human life”.

Lila Rose, President of pro-life group Live Action, which commissioned the survey, said the results confirm that “accurate medical information on the procedure and prenatal embryology shifts hearts and minds away from the abortion pill”.

In March, a pro-life hotline received a record number of calls from mothers seeking abortion pill reversal treatment. More than 100 mothers began the process of halting their chemical abortions after contacting the US Abortion Pill Rescue Network (APRN).

Abortion pill reversal is a technique which aims to preserve the life of a baby by giving the mother progesterone – the natural hormone which is blocked by chemical abortions – within 72 hours of taking the first pill.

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