Australia Use of the Abortion Drug Expected to Rise Sharply With New Distributor

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 5, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Australia Use of the Abortion Drug Expected to Rise Sharply With New Distributor

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 5
, 2009

Canberra, Australia (LifeNews.com) — The use of the dangerous abortion drug RU 486 in Australia is expected to rise sharply as a new national distributor may be in place by the end of the year. Currently only approved licensed physicians may distribute the drug, which has killed 13 women worldwide and injured 1,300 in the United States alone.

So far, just 240 women have used the abortion drug in Australia to end the lives of their unborn children, according to the Department of Health and Ageing.

However, more than 1,000 are expected to have used the mifepristone abortion drug by the end of the year.

Former Democrat senator Lyn Allison tells the Brisbane Times that the Therapeutic Goods Administration has placed strong requirements abortion practitioners who dispense the abortion drug. Yet, the TGA appears set to approve the first company’s application to distribute the abortion drug nationwide.

That nationwide distribution has been responsible for greater use in other nations.

Currently, about one-third of abortions in France, where the abortion drug was first invented, use RU 486 as do about 14 percent of abortions in the United States.

The Times indicates 53 physicians have been authorized thus far in Australia to distribute the abortion drug and that number is expected to rise if a national distribution system from a private company is in place.

Because most of the doctors giving out the dangerous abortion drug received permission from the TGA only last year to do so, the number of abortions has risen from seven in 2006 and 2007 to 226 in 2008.

That increase has also resulted in more problems for women.

The Department of Health and Ageing indicates six women, or 2.54 percent of all women using the abortion drug, have already suffered from incomplete abortions that required surgery to finish.

In the United States, women have died and hundreds have needed hospitalization or require blood transfusions and emergency surgery as a result of failed abortions using the mifepristone pill.

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