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Abortion Drug Causes Eight Deaths, Pro-Life Lawmakers Want Sales Stopped

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    Abortion Drug Causes Eight Deaths, Pro-Life Lawmakers Want Sales Stopped http://www.lifenews.com/nat2053.html by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor February 1,
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      Abortion Drug Causes Eight Deaths, Pro-Life Lawmakers Want Sales
      Stopped
      http://www.lifenews.com/nat2053.html

      by Steven Ertelt
      LifeNews.com Editor
      February 1, 2006


      Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Members of Congress held a press
      conference on Wednesday to discuss new research showing eight
      women internationally have died from using the dangerous RU 486
      abortion drug, including five in the United States. More than 840
      women have also experienced sometimes life-threatening
      complications from using the drug.
      Maryland Congressman Roscoe Bartlett was joined by more than a
      dozen members of Congress who are backing his effort to suspend
      sales of the RU 486 abortion drug while its safety is
      investigated.

      Bartlett has introduced HR 1079, otherwise known as Holly's Law.
      It's named after Holly Patterson, a California teenager who died
      from using the abortion drug she received at a Planned Parenthood
      facility.

      "Today, we present stronger evidence that RU-486 kills and
      injures women," Bartlett said.

      The new study, co-authored by Dr. Donna J. Harrison and Dr.
      Margaret M. Gary appears in the February 2006 issue of The Annals
      of Pharmacothrapy.

      The study focuses on complications from RU 486 abortions
      contained in reports to the FDA from Danco Laboratories, the
      maker of the abortion drug, filed between September 2000 and July
      2005.

      They analyzed 607 reports between September 2000 and September
      2004 and found five deaths and 64 life-threatening and 224 severe
      events.

      Harrison noted that 237 women hemorrhaged, with 42 losing over
      half of their blood volume. Some 68 women required blood
      transfusions and four women went into the kind of septic shock
      that killed others.

      Reacting to the new studies, Holly's father Monty Patterson said,
      "How can we expect a teenager to figure out if she's beyond the
      so-called normal side effects of an RU-486
      abortion to serious adverse events?"

      Congressman Bartlett said Congress should suspend sales of the
      abortion drug because Danco is not a responsible manufacturer.

      "The FDA rarely pulls drugs from the market. Responsible
      manufacturers pull drugs from the market," he explained. However,
      RU-486's manufacturer, Danco, is a shell company. Its only
      product is RU-486. That is why Congress must act."

      Bartlett also pointed out that many reports of women who have
      been injured from the abortion drug aren't surfacing because
      they're not always telling doctors that they took the abortion
      pills in the first place.

      "It is unacceptable for the FDA to expose women to the risk of
      serious injury, especially deadly infections whose symptoms are
      similar to any RU-486 abortion when we have
      documented cases of medical professionals who have failed to
      diagnose them," he said.

      Other members of Congress including Rep. Joe Pitts of
      Pennsylvania, Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, and Rep. Chris
      Smith of New Jersey appeared at the press conference and urged
      strong support for the bill.

      TAKE ACTION: Contact your member of Congress and urge strong
      support for Holly's Law. You can find contact information for any
      Congressman at http://www.house.gov


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