Oklahoma Committee Requires Abortion Practitioners to Follow FDA Drug Rules

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 21, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 21
, 2008

Oklahoma City, OK (LifeNews.com) — A legislative committee in Oklahoma has approved a measure that would require abortion practitioners to follow the guidelines the FDA has set forward on the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug. The bill requires them to ask women to return for a follow-up after using the mifepristone pill.

Rep. Skye McNiel, a Republican who sponsored the bill, said she learned abortion practitioners were not having women come back for a follow-up appointment after prescribing the drug.

The abortion pill works in a two-part process — with the first drug causing the baby’s death and a second causing contractions to expel the dead baby’s body.

The Food and Drug Administration says women should be told to come back for a second visit to make sure the abortion is complete and that no parts of the baby’s body remain inside the woman after the abortion.

McNiel said some abortion practitioners were not seeking a follow-up.

"Some of these women are having a blood infection, which eventually will kill them or hemorrhaging too much,” she told The Oklahoman. "They expect some bleeding, but they don’t know what is excessive. So we’re losing some women.”

HB 2181 requires abortion practitioners to also complete paperwork for the state health department about cases when women have complications from using the abortion drug.

"If they don’t fill out this paperwork and if they do not give the drug in a proper manner, it’s a felony,” McNiel said.

To this point, the RU 486 abortion drug has killed 13 women worldwide, including several in the United States. Another 1,200 women have been injured, the FDA indicates, with many needing emergency surgeries or blood transfusions and hospital stays.

The House Judiciary and Public Safety Committee approved the measure and now it heads to the full House for its consideration.

Related web sites:
Oklahomans for Life – https://www.okforlife.org
Contact Your Legislators – https://www.capitolconnect.com/oklahoma/default.aspx