Health Canada approves distribution of RU-486

By Dave Andrusko

HealthCanadabldgreEven though you could see the outcome coming at least a year out, it’s disappointing nonetheless that last week the Canada government’s Health Canada approved the use of RU-486.

“RU-486,” which is actually a combination of two drugs, will be marketed under the name Mifegymiso. It is expected to be in distribution by early January, according to multiple media sources.

The driving force behind the campaign to legalize the chemical abortion technique is NAF Canada, the Canadian offshoot of the National Abortion Federation. NAF Canada represents about 80 per cent of Canada’s abortion providers.

“The application has been before Health Canada since December 2012, so it is long overdue that they approve this very safe and effective method of early abortion care that millions of women around the world have been able to access since 1988,” said Vicki Saporta, NAF president and CEO.

Helen Branswell of The Canadian Press reported

Saporta said initially the drug will probably only be available through health-care professionals who already provide abortion services.

A later quote explains the real purpose of legalizing Mifegymiso. Saporta said

[I]t’s hoped that over time more doctors will agree to prescribe the drug – especially those serving remote communities or working in areas where women have to travel long distances to see a doctor who will perform an abortion. …

“Mifepristone holds the promise of improving access to abortion care for women in more rural communities where there isn’t a current abortion provider,” she said.

Various reports made the typical misstatements. For example, “Taking the pill induces a miscarriage up to 49 days into a pregnancy.” You don’t “induce” a miscarriage.

The two drugs work by killing the unborn child and then inducing contractions to expel the dead baby.

The accounts also couldn’t agree whether Mifegymiso will be used through the seventh week or the ninth week–or even later–of pregnancy!

And there was not a single word in any account I read that women who have taken RU-486 have been injured or died.

Although the results go back to 2011, according to the FDA, at least 14 U.S. women have died after taking RU486, and thousands have experienced “adverse events.” (And probably only a fraction of complications are reported to the FDA.)

For a related story posted today, see “ The Abortion Pill Known as ‘RU-486.’”