Abilene, Texas Planned Parenthood Now Gives Women Dangerous Abortion Drug

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 29, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abilene, Texas Planned Parenthood Now Gives Women Dangerous Abortion Drug

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 29
, 2009

Abilene, TX (LifeNews.com) — The Planned Parenthood business located in this Texas panhandle city is now giving women the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug. Also known as mifepristone, the abortion pill has been responsible for the deaths of more than a dozen women worldwide and has injured more than 1,400 in the U.S. alone.

Officials at Abilene’s Planned Parenthood Perini Center indicate they began dispensing the abortion drug two weeks ago.

"We have had clients access the service in our Abilene center," Carla Holeva, spokeswoman for Odessa-based Planned Parenthood of West Texas, told the Reporter News. "We are pleased to be providing a service that has been requested by our clients in Abilene."

Holeva cited security concerns in declining to answer questions about how many women have used the dangerous abortion drug so far or which doctor is giving women the drug.

She said an out-of-town physician who travels to Texas from another state is coming to Abilene to fulfill the FDA requirement that the drug only be disseminated by a licensed physician.

Holeva said Planned Parenthood of West Texas recently obtained a state license allowing it to distribute the abortion drug — and the licenses have been a source of controversy in Texas.

Earlier this month, state health department officials asked other Planned Parenthood centers in the state to stop doing abortions with mifepristone because they are operating without proper medical licenses.

The Department of State Health Services ordered four San Antonio-based Planned Parenthood abortion businesses to stop doing unlicensed abortions.

It released a letter to a group of state lawmakers who have inquired and indicated state officials will investigate the four centers in question and one licensed Planned Parenthood facility.

Planned Parenthood officials say they are following the cease and desist order to shutter the abortion centers until further notice. They blame not having the proper licenses on a communications problem.

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