Medication abortion, also known as RU-486, is a safe, nonsurgical way for someone to terminate a pregnancy in its early stages.
This medication has been used safely and effectively worldwide since 1981. It was first approved for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000, after extensive research and testing.
However, anti-choice politicians who want to outlaw abortion completely have relentlessly tried to restrict access to medication abortion despite its effectiveness and safety. These attempts put partisan ideology ahead of public health.
Anti-choice groups also deliberately try to conflate medication abortion with emergency contraception (EC). EC is a form of birth control and does not cause abortion.