Pro-Life Groups Saddened by News of More Women Dying From Abortion Drug

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

Pro-Life Groups Saddened by News of More Women Dying From Abortion Drug

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 1
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Reaction from the pro-life community to the news that the CDC is reporting two more women have died from using the RU 486 abortion drug is swift. Representatives of two organizations say the deaths are an indication the FDA and the abortion industry are ignoring women’s health and safety.

As reported, new information about the deaths comes from a CDC report issued September 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The two women died after developing a Clostridium sordellii infection after using the abortion drug, including the 2008 death of a 29-year-old Hispanic woman and the 2009 death of a 21-year-old Caucasian woman.

That brings the total number of deaths from the abortion drug of women in the United States to eight. Another five women have died in other nations, including Canada, the U.K., Sweden and France, and the European maker of the abortion drug suggests 29 women have died from using it.

"With this latest report, we see that, despite high profile government investigations and public assurances of the drug’s safety, women taking RU 486 continue to die," National Right to Life education director Randy O’Bannon told this morning. "It’s clearly a dangerous drug that kills unborn children and puts their mothers at risk."

"We are told that these are extremely rare infections, supposedly unrelated to RU 486 or its accompanying prostaglandin, yet somehow they keep showing up with this specific group of women taking these abortifacients," he said.

The Planned Parenthood abortion business had been telling women to use the abortion drug vaginally — until two published studies confirmed vaginal use contributed to lethal infects the women contracted that ultimately claimed their lives.

Although Planned Parenthood changed its protocol on the administration of the abortion drug, it still uses the drug in a smaller dosage than the FDA recommends in order to safe money, which O’Bannon says will continue until the abortion drug is no longer available.

"The abortion industry continues to thumb its nose at the FDA and its protocol, and now two more women are dead. Both women and their unborn children will be safer if this drug is pulled from the market," he said.

Wendy Wright, whose organization Concerned Women for America has closely monitored the FDA’s approval process of the abortion drug and the deaths of and injuries to women that have resulted from it.

"Because RU-486 is a dangerous drug, I was sure there would be more deaths but expected they would go undetected and unreported," Wright told

She says the Food and Drug Administration is taking a curious approach to the abortion pill — informing the public of dangers of other products and drugs but ignoring the problems associated with mifepristone.

"Just this week the FDA released a dire warning to stop using infant sleep positioners because 12 infants died in 13 years. RU-486 has caused at least 9 deaths in less than 10 years," she said. "According to the FDA’s standards, it needs to warn people not to use RU-486. No respectable doctor would use it."


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