A story from Saturdays Australian carried the headline Abortion Pill Less Safe than Surgery and described an audit of nearly 10,000 abortions performed in South Australia in 2009 and 2010 using either RU-486 or surgical abortion. For many years, FRC and the American Association of Pro Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) have been making the point that chemically-induced abortions are more dangerous than surgical abortions.

Here are some alarming statistics comparing first trimester RU-486 and surgical abortions:

  • 3.3% of the women who used RU-486 in the first trimester of pregnancy reported to an emergency room compared with 2.2% who used a surgical method;
  • 5.7% of the women who used RU-486 had to be re-admitted to hospitals compared with 0.4% of surgical abortion patients. That is 1 in 18 patients.

Here are two statistics relating to second trimester RU-486 abortions:

  • 33% (16/49) who had second trimester RU-486 abortions required some form of surgical intervention;
  • 4% of the second trimester RU-486 abortions had significant haemorrhage; one of the two patients in this category required a transfusion.

For more information, the complete audit may be found here.