by Steven Ertelt
February 28, 2005
Talisay City, Philippines (LifeNews.com) — A 23 year-old woman has died in the Philippines after using the dangerous abortion drug RU 486, which has been implicated in numerous abortion deaths around the world.
Relatives of Claudeth Aviles found her body in a pool of blood in her home and her dead unborn child has not completely been expelled form her womb when she was located.
According to a report in the Freeman newspaper in the Philippines, police say Aviles separated from her husband two years ago, became pregnancy recently by another man, but had decided to have an abortion.
Talisay City police chief Pablo Florante Lamosao told the newspaper that Aviles’ relatives tried to take her to a local hospital in Talisay City, but Aviles was dead upon arrival. Doctors say she lost too much blood to survive the failed abortion.
Doctors told police the woman used Cytotec to abort the pregnancy. The drug is commonly used to treat ulcers and Searle, the company that manufactures the drug, has warned doctors that it should not be used in conjunction with abortions. However, it is part of the two-drug abortion process in RU 486.
Police told the Freeman that doctors found an undisolved portion of the abortion drug in Alives’ vagina during a medical examination.
Dr. Rene Josef Bullecer, chairman of Human Life International, says about 200,000 abortions are performed annually in this Asian nation and about 98 percent of them involve the kind of abortion drugs that were responsible for Aviles’ death.
RU 486 has been responsible for the deaths of many women worldwide.
In November, officials at the Food and Drug Administration in the U.S. revealed another woman had died from taking the abortion pill. She becomes the third in the U.S. to have died and follows the September 2003 death of California teenager Holly Patterson.
Another American woman, Brenda Vise, died in 2001 after using the abortion drug and women have died in Canada and Sweden.