Abortion Boat Operator Complains Lack of RU 486 Drug in Rural Canada

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 25, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortion Boat Operator Complains of Lack of RU 486 Drug in Rural Canada

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 25,

Toronto, Canada (LifeNews.com) — The operator of the infamous abortion boat that has sailed outside European nations that prohibit abortions is in Canada for the twentieth anniversary of legalized abortion there. Despite the fact that it has killed a Canadian woman and 12 others worldwide, Rebecca Gomperts complains the abortion drug RU isn’t widely available in rural areas.

The abortion drug, also known as mifepristone, has been responsible for more than 1,110 medical complications in the United States alone.

Women have needed hospitalization and some have required emergency surgeries or blood transfusions because of problems.

But Gomperts, the head of the Dutch-based Women on Waves organization that runs the abortion ship, attended a pro-abortion symposium at the University of Toronto.

There, according to The Star, she said Canadian officials must do more to promote the dangerous drug to women who live outside of the countries large cities — where it’s more readily available.

"The lack of availability of mifepristone — that means for women who don’t live in cities, it’s extremely hard for them to access abortion services," she said.

It also means that "not very much medical abortion is happening Canada. Most are done surgically."

A new report in the U.S. from the pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute finds more women are opting for the drug-induced abortion rather than the surgical abortion procedure.
According to AGI, about 13 percent of all abortions involve mifepristone — a number that may seem low but it is double the number of women who used the abortion drug in 2001. The report also showed that 57 percent of places that do abortions now have the abortion drug, compared with just 33 percent in 2001.

Danco Laboratories, which makes and distributes the Mifeprex abortion drug, added that about 80 percent of facilities that only do abortions now have the abortion pill.

Meanwhile, The Star reported that Gomperts admitted her group will continue to promoting women doing abortions on themselves.

"Women can do medical abortions by themselves," she said. "It’s comparable to having a miscarriage. Women have miscarriages all the time. We’re guiding almost 5,000 women every year to do abortions by themselves."