By Dave Andrusko
As National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias explained Thursday, one of the best kept secrets about abortion is that the “safe and simple” RU486 abortion technique is neither. This truth seeps through the media barrier only when a woman dies after having taken the two drugs, one to kill the baby, the other to induce the mother’s body to expel the child.
Today Mrs. Tobias provides further details about a woman taking RU486 in Australia who died in 2010–the first such death since the country approved the two-drug abortion technique in 2006. What the deaths of women who’ve taken RU486 are showing is an inherent risk for infection, from which it appears this poor mother died.
It is very disconcerting that promoters of RU486 in the U.S. and overseas have reduce the number of patient visits from three (as the protocol approved by the FDA called for) to two. Mrs. Tobias explains that
“In practice, many abortionists in the U.S. and elsewhere have dropped the second visit, giving women the second drug (misoprostol) to self-administer at home, sometimes vaginally rather than orally (as in the FDA protocol). This is claimed to increase effectiveness and reduce side effects, but it is thought by some to increase possible exposure to bacteria.”
Much of Friday’s broadcast goes through the details of the woman’s death, as reported by The Australian. That is very important because about 18,000 RU486 chemical abortions have been performed in Australia since 2009, and around 85,000 abortions of all types are performed in Australia each year. “Use of the chemical abortifacients had been on the increase, with 5,383 women using the drug there in the first half of 2011, an increase of 48% over the previous period,” Mrs. Tobias says.
A chart from the government’s Department of Health and Ageing shows that at least 18 women have experienced infection or have dealt with other complications such as hemorrhage, incomplete abortions, cervical tears, uterine perforations or ruptures, and even the reopening of a Caesarean section scar after using the drug, and a number of women.
“Obviously, this is far cry from the simple, safe, and ‘natural’ abortion many of these women were promised,” Mrs. Tobias concludes. “We will see in the coming months whether the revelation of this latest death and the dangers that accompany use of the drugs will dampen demand among women from Australia.”
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