Emily Green has just graduated college and was beginning her new job when she found out the stork was bringing her a present: she was pregnant. Being pro-choice and unready for a child, she visited her doctor to schedule a surgical abortion. Not only did she find out that she was four weeks along, but she would have to wait four more weeks before the abortion could be performed (France et al. 26). Surgical abortions are usually not performed until a woman is at least eight weeks into her pregnancy (Stevenson 2). Two weeks after Emily underwent a surgical abortion, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the abortion pill for use in the United States. Emily felt that she “could have reduced the psychological ramifications by not waiting” (qtd. in France et al. 26) to have the surgical abortion. She’s happy, however, that other women won’t have to experience the same thing she did (26).
While many people opposed the approval of the abortion pill, Emily was one of the many Americans who supported the FDA’s decision (26). Many supported the approval because the use of the pill is much safer than a surgical abortion. Most who disapproved were those who have their own beliefs or religious beliefs on abortion. RU-486 took a long road to America to provide a woman, with a safe and sometimes less emotional loss. It should be used in place of surgical abortions despite what those who disapprove of it think.
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