By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
A study by Planned Parenthood has found that one in four children aborted in America are now killed by the “abortion pill” (RU-486) rather than by a surgical procedure.
According to a report by LifeSiteNews.com, the study was published in last week’s New England Journal of Medicine and insisted that the controversial RU-486, which has caused numerous injuries and fatalities in women, has been improved and is being used more frequently to abort children in the earliest weeks of gestation.
RU486 consists of first administering mifepristone, which kills the child, then giving a second drug, misoprostol, two days later, which induces the body to expel the corpse.
Planned Parenthood researchers analyzed chemical abortions at Planned Parenthood between 2005 and mid-2008 and found that the change in the misoprostol’s administration from vaginally to orally reduced the risk of serious infection from about 1 in 1,000 to 0.06 in 1,000.
RU486 has a long and tragic history. Since being fast-tracked through the FDA during the waning days of the Clinton administration, five U.S. women have died as a result of taking the drug. The FDA has received over 600 adverse effects reports by women taking this drug. These include 17 potentially fatal cases of tubal pregnancy, and 220 cases of hemorrhage that were either life threatening or extremely serious, 71 of which required blood transfusions. In addition, 392 reports indicated women requiring surgery to repair damage resulting from the abortion including many under emergency conditions.
However, use of RU486 has been increasing steadily over the years. A spokeswoman with Danco Laboratories LLC, the manufacturer of Mifeprex (mifepristone), told the Associated Press that such “medical” abortions account for about one quarter of all early abortions, and about one third of early abortions at Planned Parenthood.
RU486 is available only in clinics or doctor’s offices.
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