New study investigates effect of abortion drugs

20 Jul 2019

A new study has been carried out to examine the effects of medically induced abortion drugs. Medical abortions accounted for 71% of total abortions in England and Wales in 2018.

The study used rats to examine the effects of the abortion drugs. Dr Stephen Sammut, a neuroscientist and psychology professor, explained that rats were used in the study because of their similarities in physiology and neurophysiology to humans. Researchers compared the behavior of rats that were pregnant and took the drugs to rats that took the drugs and were not pregnant and rats that were pregnant but did not take the drugs. Dr Sammut reported: "Our study clearly indicates that there are negative consequences to terminating a viable pregnancy using mifepristone and misoprostol....This was evident in the overall negative effects on the well-being of the animals administered the drugs to terminate pregnancy. These animals also displayed depression and anxiety-like behaviors....The biochemistry indicated potentially long-term effects.”
(As quoted by LifeSiteNews)

Christian Medical Fellowship summarised the study results in an article on its blog:
"The results were striking. The rats with a full-term pregnancy increased their weight throughout as expected. The rats that experienced a natural miscarriage stopped increasing weight but did not lose weight, their weight stabilised. But the rats given the medical abortion lost significant weight. They simply stopped eating as much and their sucrose consumption dropped dramatically. The ‘miscarriage rats’ and pregnant rats ate normally throughout. Weight is a useful indication of health, well-being and stress in rats and a drop in sucrose consumption and weight suggests depression-like behaviour. In this research, the ‘abortion rats’ demonstrated moderate to severe stress.
Activity levels also measure depression-like behaviour. This showed that the average distance, speed and time moved per week was far less for the ‘abortion rats’, even compared to the ‘miscarriage rats’, which moved as much as the full pregnancy ones. When measuring ‘rearings’ (standing on hind legs – an indication of normal interest in their environment), the medical abortion group displayed a significant decrease relative to all the other groups.
The time spent in cage corners was also measured and showed that the ‘abortion rats’ separated themselves from the others and spent far more time than the other rats in the far back corner of the cage, indicating increased anxiety.
Additionally the ‘abortion rats’ did not show healthy rat behaviour. They did not groom themselves , they had unkempt coats, their posture was more hunched, and they showed a reduction in exploratory behaviour (sniffing and rearing).
The researchers concluded that the rats who had had a medically induced abortion showed moderate to severe stress, as indicated by their physiological effects measured. The observed effects of stress were specific to the induced abortion not the loss of a pregnancy through miscarriage.
The authors also note that the effects of the drug induced termination were not short-term. The effects on food intake lasted for seven days which is the equivalent of 244 human days. The biochemical observations were still visible at the end of the experiment which equates to around six and a half human years." (As quoted by CMF)