Abortion Blogger's comment? "SWEET!"
They couldn't find an embryo. So they didn't definitively even diagnose an intrauterine pregnancy. But they gave her treatment based on that diagnosis. How is that responsible medicine?
She might actually have a blighted ovum (which will resolve on its own). But they gave her medication anyway, taking payment and subjecting her to risk.
She might have gestational trophoblastic disease, which sometimes resolves on its own but often requires specialized treatment. They didn't do a differential diagnosis to rule out this precancerous condition.
She might have an ectopic pregnancy. (At least they warned her that this is possible.) RU-486 is specifically contraindicated in patients with confirmed or suspected ectopic pregnancies:
Administration of Mifeprex and misoprostol for the termination of pregnancy (the “treatment procedure”) is contraindicated in patients with any one of the following conditions:
- Confirmed or suspected ectopic pregnancy or undiagnosed adnexal mass (the treatment procedure will not be effective to terminate an ectopic pregnancy) (see WARNINGS)
.... 4. Ectopic Pregnancy
Mifeprex is contraindicated in patients with a confirmed or suspected ectopic pregnancy since Mifeprex is not effective for terminating these pregnancies (see CONTRAINDICATIONS).
At best, she's been subjected to a chemical regimen for a condition (intrauterine pregnancy) that she might not actually have. This woman might not even be pregnant. At worst, she's been subjected to a chemical regimen that is contraindicated for the condition she actually does have.
The clinic got the money either way. And she's glad enough to not have to wait two weeks to start treatment that she doesn't seem to care that they took her money and risked her health when she might not even be pregnant in the first place.
She's gonna have to come back in two weeks anyway for her follow up exam. Why not come back in two weeks and find out what the heck is going on? Why not come back in two weeks and get treatment based on what her actual medical condition is, rather than what everybody's willing to simply assume it is? Or -- more to the point -- why not arrange for serial HCGs or other ongoing supervision of the suspected (and potentially lethal) ectopic pregnancy?
Sometimes I wonder.