Congressional Pro-Life Leaders Repeat Call for Revoking Abortion Drug

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

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 18, 2006

Washington, DC ( — Congressional pro-life leaders are beginning to fell like they’re walking in circles. A woman dies from using the abortion drug RU 486, they call for the Food and Drug Administration to pull it from the market, nothing happens, and another woman dies after using the abortion drug.

Responding to an announcement from the FDA on Friday that two more women have died from using mifepristone abortion pills, pro-life members of Congress repeated their call for the FDA to yank the drug from the market.

"RU-486 is a deadly drug that is killing pregnant women," South Catolina Sen. Jim DeMint, a Republican, told the Washington Post. "This drug should never have been approved, and it must be suspended immediately."

DeMint and Maryland Republican Congressman Roscoe Bartlett have co-sponsored legislation that would take the RU 486 abortion drug off the market pending a safety review.

"How many more women must die or be injured before Congress acts to protect American women’s lives and health from an irresponsible company and a timid FDA?" Bartlett complained in a statement provided to

The pair introduced Holly’s Law, a measure named in honor of Holly Patterson, a California teenager who died from using the abortion drug she got from a Planned Parenthood in September 2003.

Bartlett’s measure has 79 House members as co-sponsors and DeMint introduced the companion bill, S. 511 in the Senate.

"If this was any other drug for any other purpose, the FDA and the media would be warning women about the deadly danger of infection from RU-486," Bartlett said. "It is unreasonable to expect American women to recognize the symptoms of these infections that occur so rapidly and without fever."

"In the face of ten known deaths, four from these infections — these two new cases with similar presentations — and more than 840 injuries, Congress has to step in and approve Holly’s Law to protect women’s lives and health from this dangerous drug," he said.

Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, agreed. He blasted the FDA for doing nothing in response to the new deaths.

The agency has planned to co-sponsor a conference in May with the CDC to investigate the 10 deaths of women from the abortion drug and hundreds of complications.

"How does the FDA respond to the unnecessary deaths? They call for a ‘workshop,’" he said. "This is an outrage. American women must be protected from this drug now — not months from now."

Bartlett said that women looking for the drug’s manufacturer to pull it from the market must rely on the FDA to revoke the first drug since the 1970s.

"Responsible manufacturers pull drugs from the market. However, RU-486’s manufacturer, Danco, is a shell company. Its only product is RU-486," he explained.