by Steven Ertelt
November 27, 2005
Canberra, Australia (LifeNews.com) — The father of a teenager who lost her life to the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug has a warning message for lawmakers in Australia: don’t approve the drug.
As the nation’s parliament considers whether or not to allow the drug there, Monty Patterson, father of Holly Patterson, is urging them not to do so.
"The [Australian] Government should not approve this," Mr. Patterson told The Daily Telegraph. "I can’t stand to think about any other family having to go through what I did, watching my daughter die."
Holly Patterson died in September 2003 after taking the Mifeprex abortion drug and contracting a deadly infection as a result.
The same infection has killed three other California women and has prompted an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control. The two American agencies will meet next year to discuss how and why the abortion drugs killed the women.
More than 600 American women have reported serious side effects from using the drugs.
"It was a horrendous death for her," Patterson said. "She fought for her life I watched her die in front of me. "It shut down her organs, her lungs filled with fluid and she basically strangled to death."
He also said he would write to the Australian Medical Association, which has endorsed the abortion drugs.
"I’m appalled," he said.
"If they give this drug to women in remote areas, they are going to be more at risk — where are they going to go when they have problems?
"How many people have to die before people realize that this drug is not safe."