A Woman's Book of Choices:
Abortion, Menstrual Extraction, RU-486
Rebecca Chalker and Carol Downer, 1992. Published by (and available
at) Seven Stories
Published right before the 1992 elections, this book
is the only place where Menstrual Extraction is explained in detail, complete
with a list of components for the easy-to-make Del-M device.
Why this Book is Necessary,
Finding an Abortion Provider,
The Best Available Abortion Care,
Back to the Good Old Days,
of Menstrual Extraction,
Two Menstrual Extractions,
The Legality of Menstrual Extraction,
Herbs and Other Traditional Methods
of Fertility Control,
Folk Remedies that are Dangerous and Don't Work,
Is RU-486 the Wave of the Future?,
What Practitioners Need to Know About
Barbara Ehrenreich said
"A Woman's Book of Choices is the most important book on reproductive rights that
has ever been written. Other books will tell you about the history of abortion
rights and the struggle to preserve them. This book tells you how to get
Excerpt from Chapter One, Why This Book Is Necessary...
"Women today are faced with two contradictory facts of life. One is that
the United States Supreme Court is but one vote away from overturning Roe v Wade,
the historic 1973 decision that legalized abortion. The second is that women have
always gotten abortions by any means necessary, and will no doubt continue to
do so, regardless of cultural standards, religious prohibitions, regressive social
movements, or the law."
Excerpt from Chapter Eleven, Is RU-486
the Wave of the Future?... "The French abortifacient drug, RU-486
(mifepristone) is the first in a new category of drugs called anti-progestins,
which among other actions, interfere with the production of progesterone, the
hormone that supports and nurtures pregnancy. RU-486 blocks the production of
progesterone in the uterus by competing with progesterone for receptor sites in
cells in the uterine wall. Because there is more RU-486 than progesterone available
(if you have taken the recommended dosage of 600 mgs.), it will fill a large number
of the receptor sites, somewhat like a key fitting into a lock. Deprived of progesterone,
the placenta will wither and disintegrate. If a pregnancy has recently been implanted
on the uterine wall, it too will separate from the uterine wall and be expelled.
In order to be effective, RU-486 must be taken when a woman is 5-7 weeks pregnant
(7-9 weeks from last normal period)."
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the USA, the mortality rate for legal abortions is half that for tonsillectomies.
Feminist Women's Health Center