Abortion pill can be used later in pregnancy, FDA says

Mifeprex blocks a hormone called progesterone that's needed for a pregnancy to continue.

Story highlights

  • The abortion pill can be used 70 days into pregnancy instead of 49 days, FDA says
  • New FDA guideline "represents a significant step forward," Planned Parenthood says
  • But "the new label affirms the deadly realities of chemical abortion," opponent says

(CNN)The new FDA-approved regimen on the abortion pill was welcomed Wednesday by abortion rights groups who say the drug expands options for women, but was criticized by opponents who assert serious risks remain.

The FDA changes mean that the drug Mifeprex, the brand name for mifepristone, can be used 70 days into pregnancy instead of the prior FDA guideline of up to 49 days into pregnancy.
The drug is two pills taken over two days, and it blocks a hormone called progesterone that's needed for a pregnancy to continue, the FDA says.