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  •  Methotrexate is used to treat tubal pregnancies (2+ / 0-)

    that are caught early enough, before the Fallopian tube is in danger of rupturing.  A tubal pregnancy is sometimes referred to as an ectopic pregnancy.  

    It is or will soon be impossible to control the distribution of drugs that end early pregnancy.  No matter what laws are passed about RU486 only being given to women in accredited ambulatory surgery centers, women will soon get a few Methotrexate or Cytotec pills from grandma's medicine cabinet (heck grandma may gladly give it to her) and end their pregnancy at home, in total secret.

    •  Yes, and I think people should know about that. (0+ / 0-)

      Whether we think it should be "allowed" or "not allowed", I think it should be discussed openly.
           I once went to a weekend called "so you want to be a midwife..." at Hofstra quite a few years ago and I went to their herbal workshop because I figured they would be the people to ask because they should know. My question was, "when the herbal books tell you to avoid something during pregnancy, how can you tell which ones are really bad if they all say 'avoid'? Which ones are really abortifacients? What would you say if a pregnant patient asked you?"
           Instead of getting a clear answer I got the cold shoulder. They refused to even talk about that aspect of pregnancy (wanting to end it) and got mad at me for disturbing the peaceful vibe by bringing it up. I thought I was asking professionals in a professional situation- it's not something I would have brought up among just friends and neighbors with no expertise.
          I'm sorry I didn't quite explain it right the first time, because I really do think people need to discuss this more broadly.

      We are all pupils in the eyes of God.

      by nuclear winter solstice on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 03:37:42 PM PDT

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      •  When I was in college, we would whisper about (0+ / 0-)

        and pass around formulas using combinations of birth control pills to use as morning after pills.  

        You are right, IT is with us:  Many women will always seek a way to prevent a pregnancy or end a pregnancy.  It's been going on as long as we have been on earth!

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