abortifacient


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abortifacient

[ə‚bȯrd·ə′fā·shənt]
(medicine)
Any agent that induces abortion.
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What is seriously worrying from the point of a free society is that the abortifacient nature of this pill has, so far as I know, not been mentioned in reports, while any chemist should know this and some in conscience could not prescribe it.
The plant has been widely used for fertility control and as an abortifacient in the Americas.
And, of course, Miss Hall fails to recognise the irrefutable medical evidence that links prolonged use of contraceptive abortifacient drugs and surgical abortion itself with the dramatic rise in the cases of breast cancer.
According to three studies using simulated clients conducted in Latin American countries, pharmacy vendors are aware of the abortifacient properties of misoprostol, but have limited knowledge about effective doses and do not provide sufficient counseling or follow-up instructions.
Serologic, bacteriologic, and histopathologic examination of fetal tissues identified no other infectious abortifacient agents in the Chlamydiales-positive samples.
This implies that an intrauterine device (IUD) is not an abortifacient.
Some opponents of abortion claim that emergency contraception, labels notwithstanding, is not merely contraceptive but also abortifacient in effect.
The government will soon offer the abortifacient drug Misoprostol in 96 hospitals in Cuba.
Experts in the fields of pharmacy, biology, gynecology, and obstetrics have come to the conclusion that today's hormonal contraceptives not only possess their contraceptive properties but have potential abortifacient mechanisms that can kick in when the contraceptive mechanism fails.
Half the pharmacists interviewed reported knowledge of a drug to interrupt a pregnancy; 61% reported having received at least one request for an abortifacient and 46%, when asked for help by potential customers, offered help.
The prescribing authority would not have included the abortifacient mifepristone.