Abortion Drug Causes Eight Deaths, Pro-Life Lawmakers Want Sales Stopped
- Abortion Drug Causes Eight Deaths, Pro-Life Lawmakers Want Sales
by Steven Ertelt
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
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
"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
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
They analyzed 607 reports between September 2000 and September
2004 and found five deaths and 64 life-threatening and 224 severe
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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