Maker Warns RU-486 Ingredient Risky

RU-486, the so-called "abortion pill," is actually two drugs administered in series. The first drug is mifepristone. The second drug, Cytotec, though designed and officially approved to prevent ulcers, is actually used to induce a miscarriage.

Searle, manufacturer of Cytotec, has now urged doctors not to use it "off-label" for induction of labor and abortion. The letter states such use can lead to severe bleeding, uterine ruptures that require surgery, or even the death of the mother. "I think the company has some real concerns about litigation," said Carrie Gordon Earll, bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family.