by Steven Ertelt
April 1, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — After the Food and Drug Administration reported two additional deaths resulting from the use of the RU 486 abortion drug, pro-life groups and lawmakers again declared the drug unsafe and called for it to be taken off the market. Two abortion practitioners are surprised by the deaths and say the drug shouldn’t be used.
Peter Bours, an abortion practitioner in Portland, Oregon, says he’s surprised by the two new deaths — bringing the total number of women in the U.S. who have died to seven.
"None of these women should be dying; it’s shocking," Bours told the New York Times. He added that he’s rethinking whether he should continue giving women the abortion pill.
Warren Hearn, one of the few abortion practitioners in the nation to do less safe late-term abortion, said the latest information about the women’s death prove RU 486 abortions are riskier than surgical abortions.
"I think surgery should be the procedure of choice," Hearn told the Times. He called the RU 486 abortion drug "a lousy way to perform an abortion."
While the abortion practitioners are concerned about the safety of the abortion pills, Planned Parenthood — which only recently announced it would finally follow some FDA protocols on administering the drug — still claims RU 486 is safe for women.
"Both surgical and medication abortion are extremely safe and effective procedures," Vanessa Cullins, the vice president of medical affairs for Planned Parenthood, told the Times.
Cullins, who has denied that the abortion drug caused any of the women’s deaths, despite autopsies, research and evidence to the contrary, claimed both surgical and RU 486 abortions "have comparable risks with the exception of what we have recently seen as it relates to septic fatalities."
But Damon Stutes, who does abortions in Reno, Nevada, sees the risk.
"The complications associated with RU-486 far exceed the complications of surgical abortions," he told the Times. Stutes refuses to give women the abortion drug, also known as mifepristone.
Stues said he was reluctant to agree with pro-life advocates that the abortion drug is dangerous, "But the truth is the truth," he said.