In Memory of Holly Patterson – RU 486 Abortion Drug Victim

Opinion   |   Jeanne Monahan   |   Sep 28, 2011   |   6:23PM   |   Washington, DC

Today marks the 11th year anniversary of the approval of RU-486, the one drug legally approved for abortion in the United States.

September also marks another difficult anniversary — the death of Holly Patterson, who died as a result of RU-486, which is considered “safe” and legal. Holly was a beautiful young woman who graduated from high school a year early. She received the abortion pill from a Planned Parenthood clinic in California at the age of 18 in September, 2003 and died a few days later from complications. Holly would have been 26 this year.

Tragically, Holly is not alone.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as of late April, at least 11 women in the U.S. have died as a result of the drug since its approval in September, 2000. Over 2200 adverse events have been filed with the FDA since that time, and 612 women had been hospitalized as a result of this abortion pill. More than 330 women have required a blood transfusion after having a chemical abortion.
Despite all of this, use of chemical abortion is on the rise in the U.S., specifically at Planned Parenthood clinics.

In Holly’s memory, today, her father, Monty Patterson, launched a website dedicated to spreading the truth about the abortion pill.

Please do whatever you can to spread the news about this website to the women in your life — they need to know this critical information that could one day save their life. Note: Jeanne Monahan is the Director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council.