Pro-Life Group Says Planned Parenthood Hurting Women With Home Abortions

National   Steven Ertelt   Mar 16, 2009   |   9:00AM    WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Group Says Planned Parenthood Hurting Women With Home Abortions

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 16
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new report recently highlighted at LifeNews.com indicates Planned Parenthood is increasingly relying on the dangerous mifepristone (RU 486) abortion drug. Now, a pro-life group is accusing the abortion business of putting women at risk by more frequently employing the drugs.

While Planned Parenthood is cutting its total number of centers, the number of abortion facilities is on the rise — it jumped to 295 last year from 287 the year prior.

While the number of surgical abortion centers it runs dropped from 179 to 174 during the last year, the number of places with the mifepristone abortion drug rose from 108 to 121.

That means more women are using the dangerous abortion drug that has killed more than a dozen women worldwide and injured more than 1,200 in the United States alone.

Marie Hahnenberg, a researcher for American Life League, tells LifeNews.com that means more women are at risk.

“This new focus shift from surgical to dangerous medical abortions shows Planned Parenthood values profit over the lives of the women,” she said.

Women typically take the first part of the two-part abortion drug at the Planned Parenthood center and then go home, where no medical staff are present, to take the second drug which causes contractions and allow for the delivery of the dead baby.

“Planned Parenthood is giving women poisonous drugs to kill their preborn children and sending them home to finish the abortion – frightened and alone," Hahnenberg says. "Planned Parenthood is raking money in hand over fist at the expense of women poisoned and children killed.”

When used normally, RU 486 involves a two drug combination involves mifepristone, which deprives the developing newborn baby of food and water and essentially starves the child to death. The second drug, misoprostol, causes contractions to force the woman to birth the dead baby.

Hahneberg says a June 2008 University of Michigan study suggests Planned Parenthood is at fault in the deaths of women in the United States from the abortion drug.

The abortion business had been telling women to use the drug in a different way than the FDA guidelines suggested and the study showed it contributed to the deaths.

So far, eight women have died from the use of the abortion drug in the U.S., including women going to Planned Parenthood abortion centers in California.
Planned Parenthood had been telling women to use the abortion drug vaginally, even though the FDA indicated oral use is safer for women.

It wasn’t until four California women all died within a week of using the abortion drug they received from Planned Parenthood abortion businesses that it changed its policy to conform to the FDA protocol.

The study suggested the off-label use of a drug given in association with the abortion pill may be responsible for the women’s deaths.

In animal and cell culture studies, the University of Michigan researchers found that misoprostol, when given directly in the reproductive tract, suppresses key immune responses and can allow a normally non-threatening bacterium, Clostridium sordellii, to cause deadly infection.

According to post-mortem reports on the women who died from the abortion drug, this vaginal use allowed the bacteria to cause the fatal infections.

Dr. Randy O’Bannon, the director of research for National Right to Life, tells LifeNews.com that earlier studies showed the mifepristone drug also caused problems.

"Authors of this study claim that vaginally administered misoprostol may suppress the body’s immune response, making infection more likely. Earlier studies have suggested that RU 486, or mifepristone, the first drug used in the chemical abortion process, may itself have immunosuppressive qualities," he explained.

Despite the eventual change in the guidelines from vaginal to oral, Planned Parenthood apparently continues to violate the FDA usage suggestions by telling women to take the second part of the abortion pill process at home.

The FDA says that should be done in a medical office to monitor the women for any complications.

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