Oct. 4, 2010
Rita Rubins September 28 column in USA Today on the anniversary of the abortion drug RU-486, 10 Years Later, Abortion Pill Not Used as Often as Expected, lacked essential information about the drugs negative health impacts and risky efforts to expand its use.
Rubin wrote that the expansion of RU-486 has been less extensive than originally anticipated. What she didnt include in the article is that a major limitation on the drugs expansion is that it may only be prescribed by doctors who, according to the FDA, can assure patient access to medical facilities equipped to provide blood transfusion and resuscitation, if necessary. The doctors must also be able to perform surgery in situations where the baby is not fully expelled from the drug. Why?
RU-486 has serious health implications for women. According to the FDA, as late as 2008, over 1,300 adverse events reports had been submitted. Of those reported, negative health complications included 336 hospitalizations, 172 patients requiring blood transfusions, and most gravely, 10 deaths.
Despite these harmful medical outcomes, Planned Parenthood, our countrys largest abortion provider, is currently in the process of expanding access to RU-486 through telemed abortions. Telemed abortions somewhat remove the doctor from the process. The doctor prescribes the chemical abortion pill by closed-circuit TV. This is great for abortion proponents because fewer doctors prescribe a greater number of abortions. But fewer doctors also means less patient oversight, attention and care. Hows that for advancing womens health?