by Tim Haile

October 25, 2000

      Along with keeping abortion legal and making it safe, the Clinton/Gore Administration also promised to make abortion "rare." Now, under this same administration, the FDA has approved the use of what is commonly called, "the abortion pill," or "the morning after pill." The name "RU486" is a combination of the initials of the French pharmaceutical company Roussel-Uclaf, where the drug was invented, plus a serial number. It is marketed in this country under the names "Mifepristone" and "Mifeprex."

     It should be noted that this last designation ("morning after pill") is a misnomer. The expression is obviously intended to suggest the idea that the drug is simple, effective, painless and harmless. The use of this drug actually requires 3 trips to the doctor. At the first appointment, the patient is given 3 pills of RU 486 (or Mifepristone). Two days later, the patient must return to her doctor for 2 other pills of Misoprostol, which induces the uterine contractions to expel the newly forming human embryo. What generally follows is 9 to 16 days of cramping and bleeding (sometimes profuse). A follow-up doctor visit is required after 2 weeks to confirm that the pregnancy has ended. On average, the human embryo (baby) that is killed by this procedure is 3 to 5 weeks old. Incidentally, this means that every time this drug is administered legally, the aborted "embryo" had a beating heart that was stopped by this drug! As you can see, this procedure is not quite as quick or as simple as the expression "morning after pill" might suggest.

Codes and Abbreviations

     The name of the abortion pill has proven to be very interesting. In this popular age of Internet "chat" programs we have witnessed an explosion of the use and acceptance of various word abbreviations. The letter "R" is commonly substituted for the word "are," just as "U" is substituted for "you," and the number "4" for the word "for." Furthermore, various Police and Sheriff's departments use "10" codes in their radio and other communications to describe crimes and other activities. By applying these abbreviations and code definitions to the name "RU486," we are provided with an excellent opportunity to expose the abortion pill for what it really is: A prescription for abuse and murder!

Code 86 - "Disturbance in Progress"

     When members of the Chicago Transit Authority call a code "86" they are signaling that a disturbance is in progress. This is precisely what RU486 does to a pregnant woman. It disturbs the progress of her newly forming baby.

     When administered to a pregnant woman, the drug blocks the woman's natural progesterone, thus preventing life sustaining nourishment to the fetus. This causes the uterine lining to breakdown and shed, thus killing the baby. Regardless of how impersonal the drug induced abortion of a "fertilized egg" may seem, and regardless of how detached from the baby it may allow the woman to feel; it is still an abortion. And just like all "medical" abortions, this procedure does nothing less than kill an innocent human life. R-U-4-86?

Code 86 - "Abrasions and Contusions"

     When Georgia Emergency Medical workers call a code "86" they are signaling that someone has abrasions and contusions resulting from an injury. Before killing the human being, RU486 first injures it. Abortion pill proponents use calculated terms and expressions, which avoids linking the uterine lining to the actual fetus. Medically speaking, this linkage cannot be avoided. Where there is a pregnancy there is a union of the uterine mucous membrane with the membranes of the fetus. Thus, with the deterioration and death of the uterine lining comes the death of a newly forming human being! No amount of carefully constructed terminology can change this fact.

     Women sometimes experience difficulties in their pregnancies. Sadly, some of these complications even lead to miscarriages. These are horrifying experiences to aspiring mothers who love children and cherish the thought of conceiving, carrying and giving birth to their own child. Such prospective mothers will do all they can to insure their baby's safety and well being. She eats well, avoids dangerous activities, and seeks medical attention as necessary. She has "natural affection" for her child, thus she desires to love, care for, protect and nurture it (1 Thess. 2:7). To this woman it would be inconceivable to intentionally swallow a drug targeted at destroying the new life that is forming in her. It should be noted that the Bible condemns people who are "without natural affection" (Rom. 1:31).

     Contrast the above woman with the one who takes the abortion pill. By taking the drug she intentionally starves and destroys her baby. I have often pointed out the heinous nature of partial birth abortion, but the results of the abortion pill are basically the same. An innocent human being is injured and then murdered. R-U-4-86?

Code 86 - "Missing Person"

     To a member of New Jersey's Garfield Police Department, a code "86" means there is a missing person. Those who support the use of the abortion pill, support what the pill produces - Missing Persons!

     The destruction of a human embryo is the destruction of a human being. The Bible repeatedly demonstrates that God acknowledges the life of the unborn. To the prophet Jeremiah God said, "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee..." (Jer. 1:5). Clearly, God recognized Jeremiah as a person while he was yet in his mother's womb. We are also told that God acknowledged David's prenatal existence:

13: For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
14: I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15: My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16: Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
(Ps. 139:13-16).

     In this passage, David referenced God's knowledge of his fetal existence. God saw David as a person even before his body was fully formed. Several other examples can be cited. 1 Samuel 1 speaks of God's plans for Samuel from the time of his conception. Isaiah 44:28 and 45:1 identifies the Persian king, Cyrus, as one who would fulfill God's will. John the Baptist is another example of one who was foreknown even before his birth (Mal. 4:5-6; Lk. 1:13-17). This last passage tells us that John was "filled with the Spirit from his mother's womb."

     Of course, the ultimate example of fetal personhood is the example of Jesus Himself. Jesus was already a divine person of God before His incarnation. He preexisted Abraham and even the universe itself (Jn. 8:58; 1:1-3; Col. 1:16). The miracle of the incarnation allowed the preexistent person of Christ to be united with physical humanity, even in embryonic form (Lk. 1:31-35). He was the same person in the womb that he was out of the womb! Would it have been morally acceptable for Mary to have an abortion? What about Elizabeth? Can you imagine the mother of the forerunner of Christ having an abortion?

     What about today? Has some mother already aborted the person with the potential to discover the cure for cancer or aids? Would we have "missed" such a person? Are you for a practice that creates missing persons? R-U-4-86?

Code 86 - "Person Killed"

     To the Police in Yellow Springs, Ohio, an "86" code means a person has been killed. As we noted above, God views unborn humans as unborn people. It is interesting that Scripture recognizes no distinction between a born child and an unborn child except for its physical location. The word "babe" (brephos) is equally applied to the unborn child and the born child. Elizabeth's baby "leaped in her womb," and Mary's baby was laid in a manger (cp. Luke 1:41 and Luke 2:12). The only difference was in their physical location. It is a certain fact that God recognizes the personage of the unborn child. This being is more than just a "mere mass of fetal tissue."

     Has a "person" been killed if one kills a baby that lies resting in a manger (or a crib)? All sane individuals would say yes. The Bible also refers to the unborn as "children" (Gen. 25:22). People will certainly agree that when a "child" is killed, a "person" has died. The important thing for us to see is that God says a person is also killed when one takes the life of an unborn child!

     By accepting the biblical application of the word "baby," as seen above, one accepts all murder passages as condemning the act of abortion. Any Bible passage that condemns the unlawful, premeditated killing of innocent life, thus condemns abortion (see Rom. 13:9; Gal. 5:21; Rev. 21:8; 22:15). The only way the Bible could be used to justify the killing of unborn children would be if it also justified the killing of born children.

     Exodus 21:22-23 contains some interesting teaching regarding the sanctity of the unborn child's life. The passage says:

{22} "If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit departs from her, and yet no mischief follow; he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the Judges determine.
{23} And if mischief follow, thou shalt give life for life."

     In the first scenario, the child does not die! The man hits the pregnant woman and the child "comes forth," but "no mischief follows." This amounts to what we commonly refer to as a "premature delivery" of the child. Some translations do render the Hebrew term as "miscarriage," but the term literally means to "come forth." Translators do a terrible injustice by inserting their opinion as to the consequences of this "coming forth." Notice that under this first scenario, the offender may be fined to compensate for any special costs that may be associated with the injury, but no other penalty is involved.

     The second scenario involves far different consequences. Notice that "if any mischief" does follow, such as the child dying as a result of the incident, then the offender would pay with his own life. It would be "life for life" - His life for that of the baby. In other words, the death penalty was in force against men who killed unborn children. The offender's life was considered equal to the life of the unborn child. Justice could only be served by the death of the offender. Of course, Old Testament Jews lived under a Theocracy; a form of government in which the civil law was intertwined with the spiritual law. We are not under this law today, however, there does remain a clear principle regarding the absolute sanctity of human life. R-U-4-86?


     One of the things that God "hates" is "hands that shed innocent blood." It is interesting that the next thing in the list is "hands that devise wicked imaginations" (Prov. 6:17-18; see also Rom. 1:30). God hates both abortion, and the variously devised methods used to perform it. This includes this latest drug induced method using RU486. Abortion is one of humanity's greatest crimes. Rather than doing things that will discourage this abominable practice, the Clinton/Gore administration has done something to encourage it. Approval of the RU486 abortion drug was aimed at making abortion easier and more accessible to all women. This is a setback to the helpless unborn and their advocates. But let us not surrender. Those of us who are concerned about the sanctity of human life, including the rights of the unborn, must simply raise our voices more loudly in opposition to the Godless practice of abortion.

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