(23) Because of its properties as a antiprogestin (a compound that inhibits the action of the hormone progesterone), some believe that it may be helpful in treating endometriosis, fibroids, breast cancer, and certain non-malignant brain tumors called meningomas.(24) Pro-life groups such as the National Right to Life Committee have never opposed the testing or use of RU486 for such therapeutic purposes, but evidence of its effectiveness in these applications, (25) as well as evidence of the pill's promoter's real interest in such applications, is limited.The baby detaches and is swept out of the body along with the decayed uterine lining. Those pills operate in a different way and during a different time frame than RU486.Morning after pills, or "emergency contraception," are essentially very high, multiple dosages of birth control pills taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse.(20) Before the end of the 9th week of pregnancy (7 weeks for the baby), the outer extreme of mifepristone's effectiveness, (21) the child's ears, fingers and toes will have formed and he or she will be 18mm, or nearly an inch tall, from crown to rump.
The child, deprived of necessary nutrients, starves to death.(8), (9) While there have been some limited tests of RU486 as a morning after pill, with mixed results, (10) the only purpose for which the U. sponsor has sought government approval is for use to abort a confirmed pregnancy (11), (12) weeks after the baby has already attached himself or herself to the uterine wall.(13) During the time frame that RU486 is operative, the baby is undergoing a rapid period of development.(18) The effectiveness of the RU486, or mifepristone, method begins to decline after 49 days, or 7 weeks of pregnancy.(19) By that time, the baby will be five weeks old and will have increased in size to 8mm, and his or her face, arms, and legs will be distinguishable.