The story broke this Saturday that another attempt has been made to surreptitiously use a chemical abortifacient to kill a womans baby. In this instance a Brooklyn woman, Keisha Jones, was infuriated to find out that her husbands girlfriend became pregnant, so she tried to kill the girlfriends baby by chemically inducing a miscarriage. According to a story in the New York Daily News Jones tricked the pregnant mother, Monique Hunter, into going to a pharmacy and picking up a prescription for misoprostol, a drug that immediately causes a pregnant woman to begin uterine contractions. The trick worked, she took the drug, and Hunter soon went into labor.
Misoprostol is the second drug in the Mifepristone (RU-486)/Misoprostol abortion regimen approved by the FDA. It should be noted that RU-486 is not available in the United States by prescription. RU-486 is only available through abortion providers who agree to certain terms and conditions set by FDA and the drug manufacturer / distributor that is, doctors, clinics, and hospitals. RU-486 kills the pregnancy by blocking its development, but the misoprostol is needed to expel the embryonic or fetal remains.
Thankfully, the baby was born alive and is healthy. Incredibly, Jones tried another stunt to kill the baby: this time she tried to have poisoned milk given to the baby. That trick didnt work, and it led to Joness arrest.
Misoprostol was approved as an anti-ulcer medication, but it can be used to kill. Pregnant women need to be very careful about the drugs they take. In particular, they need to be warned never to take misoprostol, mifepristone (RU-486), or methotrexate, an abortifacient and chemotherapeutic drug.