Australia Report Shows Abortion Drug Failing, Women Suffering Health Problems

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 1, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Australia Report Shows Abortion Drug Failing, Women Suffering Health Problems

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 1
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — A new report issued by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the Australian agency that monitors the approval and usage of drugs in the island nation, shows usage of the abortion pill has shot up following its approval. The report indicates the drug has failed frequently and put women’s health at risk.

TGA data indicate usage of the abortion drug shot up following the authorization during the second half of 2009 for a company to distribute the drug nationally.

Since the RU 486 abortion drug was initially approved four years ago, there have been more than 3,000 abortions associated with it, though most of the abortions occurred in the latter half of last year. Figures covering 2010, once they are released, could show the percentage of abortions using the drug increasing further as it becomes more mainstreamed.

There are currently 81 physicians who have signed up to disseminate the two-part abortion drug commonly known as RU 486, including Marie Stopes Abortion centers throughout the country.

The Australian newspaper indicates there were 1,154 unborn children who were killed using the abortion drug in New South Wales, Queensland saw 323 abortions involving the pill, and there were 412 in Victoria.

However, the usage of the abortion drug did not come without medical problems for women.

The newspaper indicates the drug failed in 14 cases, requiring women to go to a local clinic for a followup surgical abortion procedure.

In another 110 cases, TGA received reports of "adverse effects" — with complications and problems ranging from retention of placenta or parts of the deceased baby’s body remaining inside the uterus, to a need for medical care for other reasons related to bleeding or incomplete abortions.

The new TGA data, which The Australian says was released by the agency to Tasmanian Liberal senator Guy Barnett, shows there are about 100,000 abortions annually in Australia.

He told the newspaper the cases of women facing medical problems "should raise serious questions about the ethicacy and appropriateness of" the abortion pill.

The new data comes at the same time as a new report showing two more American women have died from using the mifepristone abortion drug than previously thought.


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