What chemicals are used?
The first chemical is called MTX (methotrexate). It is an anti-cancer drug, part of a family of medications that are very effective at fighting cancer and other extremely serious diseases. They attack diseased cells and break them down. MTX is a dangerous chemical that is normally used very cautiously in the treatment of disease.
The second chemical is called misoprostol. It is used together with the first chemical in non-surgical abortions.
Abortion is an act of direct killing that takes the life of a tiny human being—a life that begins at fertilization.
How do these chemicals work?
The first chemical (methotrexate) works on cancer cells by slowing their growth. It acts the same way on a tiny baby in the womb. It attacks the baby’s fast- growing cells. This also attacks the life-support system this tiny human being needs to survive. The life-support system fails, and the baby dies.
In the next step, the second chemical (misoprostol) is inserted into the woman’s vagina. This causes contractions, which push the dead baby out of the womb.
How is the non-surgical abortion done?
During her first visit to the doctor’s office or clinic, the woman receives an injection of the first chemical (methotrexate), which will kill her preborn child. She is then given a suppository of the second chemical (misoprostol), which will be used later, and she is sent home.
At home, four to seven days later, the woman inserts the suppository into her vagina. The chemical will then cause contractions, and the dead baby will be pushed out.
The woman then returns to the doctor’s office or clinic for another examination. If the doctor finds that the abortion was not complete, the woman will be scheduled for a surgical abortion.
Is MTX + misoprostol safe?
No. Here are some of the side effects:
MTX methotrexate injection:
- potentially poisonous to the woman’s body
- liver damage
- kidney destruction
- heart muscle damage
- pulmonary failure
- gastrointestinal problems
- Misoprostol suppository:
- kidney problems
- infertility (sterility)
- What is my best option?
If you are pregnant, don’t abort your baby. Don’t be pressured into getting an abortion.
There are people willing to help you, listen to your concerns, arrange good prenatal care for you, and be supportive as you decide what is best for you and your baby.
Be good to yourself! be good to your baby!
Call for help:
Bethany Christian Services
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Arlington
The National Life Center, Inc.
The Nurturing Network
The sources for this brochure are:
“A Consumer’s Guide to the Pill and Other Drugs,” by pharmacist/researcher John Wilks.
“Infant Homicides Through Contraceptives” by pharmacist Bogomir Kuhar; 2nd edition, 1995.
The medical consultant for this brochure is Stephen Spaulding, M.D. Dr. Spaulding is a board-certified family practitioner whose writings have appeared in a variety of medical journals.