Swedish Teen Bleeds to Death After Using RU 486 Abortion Drug

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 12, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Swedish Teen Bleeds to Death After Using RU 486 Abortion Drug

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 12, 2004

Stockholm, Sweden (LifeNews.com) — Another teenager has died as a result of taking the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug, this time in Sweden. Just months after California teenager Holly Patterson died following taking the abortion pill, an 18 year-old Swedish girl has bled to death after receiving the drug at a local hospital.

The girl, from western Sweden, was seven weeks pregnant at the time, and was given the abortion drug, which is called Mifegyne in the Scandinavian country.

Unlike in the case of Holly Patterson, the Swedish girl was kept at the facility for eight hours for observation to make sure no excessive bleeding occurred. Patterson was given the abortion drug by a Planned Parenthood facility to take at home with no medical supervision.

Two days later, a nurse attempted to check up on the teenager but could not reach her. Six days later, authorities discovered the girl at home dead. There is no word on whether the teen lived by herself or with anyone else.

A local medical examiner established the cause of death as extreme loss of blood related to the abortion.

Johan Lundell, of the Swedish pro-life group JA till Livet, told LifeNews.com that the death occurred in late 2003 and is only being reported now.

According to the French Press Agency, authorities say all of the country’s rules were followed in the case — which prompts pro-life advocates to point to the inherent dangers associated with the abortion pill.

"From what we can see, all the rules were followed and the girl was given the correct dosage," Ingemar Persson, of the Swedish Medical Products Agency, told AFP.

The National Board of Health and Welfare has not yet commented on the young woman’s death, Lundell told LifeNews.com, "but in a five page-report done by the Division of the Regional Supervision Authority at the National Board of Health and Welfare they claim
that, due to the abortion, the young woman died."

A report released by the California Department of Health Services in their investigation into the death of Holly Patterson reveals that Planned Parenthood failed to follow its own internal policies for informing women on how to use the RU 486 abortion drug that was responsible for Holly’s death.

The state health agency said Planned Parenthood of Hayward did not have Patterson sign one of the three forms the abortion business says it normally requires women obtaining chemical abortions to sign.

An Alameda County Coroner’s report confirmed that the use of RU 486 resulted in an incomplete abortion that led to uterine infection and caused Holly’s death.