Abortion Drug Deaths Prompt Planned Parenthood to Follow FDA Rules

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 18, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 18, 2006

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — After the Food and Drug Administration announced the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug claimed the lives of two more women, Planned Parenthood said it will finally follow the agency’s recommendations and stop telling women to take it vaginally instead of orally.

Though the FDA recommends using the abortion pills orally, the abortion company tells women to use it vaginally, claiming it will produce fewer complications. Planned Parenthood also uses a different dosage of the abortion drug than the FDA suggests.

Four California women previously all died within a week of using the abortion drug they received from Planned Parenthood abortion businesses.

The women died after using the abortion drug and contracting infections of Clostridium sordellii. Because the bacteria causes problems so quickly, and without the normal telltale signs, the FDA has placed its highest black box warning label on the abortion pills.

Katie Desmond, the vice president of public affairs for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, told Bloomberg News that it would only instruct women to use the drug orally from now on.

"It will be effective immediately," she said.

The FDA did not release the names of the two women who died most recently or say where they lived. However, Planned Parenthood acknowledged they were customers. It said one of the women died within days of using the abortion drug and the other died five weeks later.

Despite the change, Planned Parenthood will still violate FDA guidelines 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.

Kathy Kneer, president of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, told Bloomberg News that the decision came during a conference call on Thursday. The FDA released the information about the new deaths on Friday.

Kneer said the abortion business would focus on educating its staff about the change in use, but claimed there was no proof yet that the abortion drugs were responsible for the women’s deaths.

"Over the weekend, we have to train a lot of staff," she said.

Vanessa Cullins, vice president of medical affairs for Planned Parenthood, also played down the abortion deaths and claimed there "is no single reason for the change" in an interview with the Associated Press.

"We don’t really know all the circumstances surrounding these women’s deaths," she added.

Last summer, a Brown University researcher announced he has developed models to explain why women died after using the abortion drug.

According to professor Ralph Miech, MD, Ph.D., the abortion drug triggers a bacterial infection in a woman’s cervical canal that doesn’t normally occur. The bacteria thrives on the decaying tissue from the dying unborn child and impairs the woman’s ability to fight off the infection.

He said the antiprogesterone effects of mifepristone also cause changes in the cervix that allow C. sordellii, a common vaginal bacteria, to enter the cervical canal.

That could be exacerbated by instructions from Planned Parenthood to women to use the drug vaginally instead of orally.

Three of the women who died after using the RU 486 abortion pills had the C. sordellii bacteria present in their systems upon investigation. The status of the other two American women who have died from using the drug women is unknown.

The county coroner who examined the body of California teenager Holly Patterson, who died in September 2003 after using the abortion drug she obtained at a Planned Parenthood business, said the bacterial infection brought on by the abortion pills caused her death.

Seven women in the United States have died from using the abortion drug and the FDA said Friday it believed the two new women who died developed the same problems.