Holly Patterson’s Parents Endorse Pro-Life Bill Reviewing RU 486
by Steven Ertelt
November 6, 2003
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — In an open letter written today to members of Congress, the parents of Holly Patterson, the California teenager who died after taking the RU 486 abortion drug, endorsed legislation that would suspend the FDA’s approval of the drug pending a Congressional review.
"We will actively support ‘Holly’s Law’ in Congress by Reps. DeMint, Bartlett and Senator Brownback to suspend and review the abortion drug RU 486," Monty and Helen Patterson say in their letter.
"Holly depended on the safety of the FDA approved pill administered by Planned Parenthood," the Pattersons continued. "The FDA has failed to carry out its mission."
"As parents, we cannot allow our beautiful Holly’s horrible death to be in vain. RU 486 has caused serious injury and has been implicated in the deaths of other young women. Now it has killed our daughter."
The Pattersons demanded that FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan and Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson take RU-486 off the market "before more parents suffer and women die."
Holly’s parents also announced their support for a group seeking to obtain an initiative on the California ballot that would require parental notification before an abortion can be performed on a teenage girl.
They said they would back the Tell-A-Parent initiative, sponsored by the Life on the Ballot organization. It was submitted to the state attorney general in September for review and needs 600,000 signatures to be included on the November 2004 ballot.
"Currently in California, teenage girls under the age of 18 can’t get their ears pierced or go on a school trip, but they can have a medical or surgical abortion without parental knowledge or consent," said the Pattersons. "This prevents parents from being able to talk to their children about a pregnancy."
As with the parents of Laci Peterson, who died along with her unborn son Connor, a tragic event has sparked tremendous emotion and a strong desire to put laws in place that would protect people.
"There are no quick fixes for a pregnancy or magical pills that will make it go away. Our family, friends and community are all deeply saddened and forever marred by Holly’s tragic and preventable death," the Pattersons conclude