The abortion mill steadily cranks out messages that it needs to continue unabated. If not, they say, women will be using coat hangers or bleed to death in muck filled back alleys.
Well, eight women around the world have died after taking the abortion drug RU-486. That might not seem like much but it would do well to remember that this is a "safe alternative" to abortion. RU-486 has caused life-threatening complications to more than 800 women. These are only the ones reported. How many were not?
Hon. Christopher H. Smith OF New Jersey cosponsor of Holly's Law, authored by Representative Roscoe Bartlett (H.R. 1079) had this to say in the Congressional Record on Thursday, July 21, 2005
- Quote - Not only is RU-486 baby pesticide, killing unborn children up to 7 weeks, it is poison to the women themselves. Licensed by the Population Council, manufactured in the PRC, and widely disbursed by Planned Parenthood, at least five women have died in the U.S. after taking this dangerous drug. As a result of these women's deaths and serious concerns that many more women have died as well -- under-reporting is a serious problem -- new drug labeling will warn women that serious danger of sepsis and blood infection can occur.
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The official government pages on H.R. 1079 said this as of today (11 Feb 06)
H.R. 1079 - Latest Major Action: 3/14/2005 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
And a related bill S.511 Latest Major Action: 3/3/2005 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
But Fox News has this article: Rep. Bartlett Wins Support to Ban Abortion Pill dated Thursday, 2 Feb 2006
- Quote - WASHINGTON - Not only is the abortion pill RU-486 killing babies, Maryland Rep. Roscoe Bartlett said Wednesday, it's now known to kill their mothers and should be banned immediately.
Bartlett held a news conference Wednesday to boost passage of his legislation, commonly known as "Holly's Law," which calls for the Food and Drug Administration's suspension of RU-486. -
The bill has 79 other co-sponsors, including Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio.
"Too many girls have been lured into the masquerade that this is a quick-and-easy fix," she said. "Let's give it a vote."
Named after Holly Patterson, an 18-year-old California woman who died in 2003 after taking the drug, the bill is before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. No hearings have been scheduled.
...Using these figures, the article, by Michael Greene of Harvard Medical School, puts the risk of death at less than one per 100,000.
Four of the deaths associated with RU-486 were caused by septic shock, an overwhelming bacterial infection that can decrease blood pressure and flow, according to the FDA. The other was attributed to an ectopic pregnancy, where the embryo is attached outside the uterus.
"The bacteria has also been found in pregnant women and women who have had medical abortions," said Jennifer Morcone, spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "There are a lot of scientific questions."
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Australia is currently considering the legalization of RU-486. The Advertiser of News.com.au on 7 Feb 06 says this:
- Quote - Abortion vote still close - THE MP conscience vote on lifting restrictions on the abortion pill RU-486 remained too close to call as debate escalated yesterday.
Former defense minister Robert Hill, a Liberal moderate, is expected to vote to lift the restrictions on the drug this week as one of his final acts in Parliament. When Senator Hill announced his resignation from Parliament last month, he said he would return to the Senate for a few weeks so he could have a say on "social issues".
Yesterday he would only say he was awaiting the report of the Senate inquiry into RU-486, which wrapped up in Sydney yesterday. - endquote -
Prying1 sez: This drug should be removed from the market at once and made to go through the full FDA Clinical Trials which were bypassed in its initial approval. During this period of time they can also check to see if there is any veracity to the claim that it works for breast cancer, uterine cancers and ovarian cancers.
RU-486 was approved for political purposes, and as a result numerous safety concerns were suppressed, trivialized and overlooked.
Many commercials on TV for drugs give the contraindications near the end with lines like, might cause nosebleed, stomach ulcers, headache, cramp, diarrhea and vomiting. How many of these commercials include "death" in the list.
Perhaps if they did for RU-486 Holly Patterson- - would be alive today. If other drugs did include "death" in the list how long would they stay on the market?