Contact: Stacey Holliday of Concerned Women for America, 202-488-7000 ext. 126
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 /Christian Wire Service/ -- Concerned Women for America (CWA) calls on the House to pass legislation that would ban a dangerous abortion drug linked to at least five U.S. deaths and hundreds of adverse medical conditions.
H.R. 1079, known as Holly's Law, would suspend the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) approval of RU-486 to complete an investigation, thereby protecting countless women from this life-threatening drug. The legislation was created in response to the death of 18-year-old Holly Patterson, who suffered a painful death after taking RU-486.
"Action must be taken to keep this deadly drug away from women and girls who are being told that it is 'safe,'" said Wendy Wright, CWA's President. "The FDA should never have approved the drug – which is 10 times more dangerous than surgical abortion – in the first place. But now it is the duty of Congress to take a stand for women's health and pass this law as soon as possible."
Since its release in September 2000, at least five women have died from RU-486, and over 800 adverse events have been reported to the FDA.
"RU-486 is a dangerous pill wrapped in a marketing scheme called 'convenience.' While it may be more convenient for abortionists, it is a drawn-out painful process for women that can leave them in the hospital or morgue," said Wright.
"Despite the adverse and life-threatening complications of RU-486, Danco and Population Council have yet to pull the drug from the market. Apparently, women's health and safety take a back seat to profit."
Concerned Women for America (CWA) is the nation's largest public policy women's organization.
Now, let's stress two points that CWA misses:
1. Four of the five women died at top-notch facilities, two at National Abortion Federation facilities and two at Planned Parenthood facilities. If women are getting such poor care at top-of-the-line abortion facilities, what is happening, unreported, at fly-by-night abortion mills?
2. The other woman, Brenda Vise, died from an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy. In theory, a woman undergoing an abortion should be less likely to die from an ectopic pregnancy than a woman intending to carry to term, but in practice, the aborting woman is more likely to die. If this is true of women undergoing surgical abortion, in which there's at least in theory an examination of the uterine contents, how much more true will this be of women undergoing chemical abortion, when there may not be any examination at all?
That's it in a nutshell.
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