The Real Effects of RU 486
1992 and 1993 were the years in which
pro-abortion people agitated for, and said that they
were going to legalize the French abortion pill, RU
486. The major move occurred in mid-'94 when the German
company gave the patent rights to the Population Council
in New York for that very purpose.
1995 - it will be remembered as the year
during which the testing was done in the U.S. for the
abortive uses of that deadly pill. These were completed
by the end of the year.
1996 will be remembered as the time when
a request for licensing was made and that this went
through the U.S. bureaucracy.
One of the things that we'll be hearing
and reading is that all those clinical tests were A-OK.
We're going to be told, and we've heard some of it already,
that the tests were successful, women were not injured,
abortions were obtained, and the drug deserves a license.
Let me interrupt that chorus of praise
to report a happening in Iowa in September.
Planned Parenthood of Central Iowa, in
Des Moines, was one of the 17 clinics nationwide that
was involved in the testing of this pill. In the fall
an Associated Press story reported that the Iowa clinical
tests had been concluded and that there had been no
complications among the 238 women who had used the RU
Reading this, Dr. Mark Louviere was surprised.
That wasn't the way it happened to his patients. And
he was then quoted in the Des Moines Register as saying
that one of his patients: "lost more than half
of her blood, came close to death and needed surgery
two weeks after taking the pills." He complained
that Planned Parenthood had said there were no complications
but that: "if near-death due to the loss of half
of one's blood volume, surgery and a transfusion of
four units of blood does not qualify as a complication,
I don't know what does".
Well, the spokesperson for Planned Parenthood
quickly tried to fudge. She said that no one has ever
said that the drug did not have any side effects, but
the data was confidential and she couldn't give exact
details of what might have happened, and -- now get
this -- she said that the report of "no complications"
referred to the trial itself but not to the physical
problems the participants might have had. How about
She did admit that in France one woman
in a thousand using the pill bled to the extent that
they needed a transfusion. What she didn't say was that,
in Great Britain, it was one out of 250. What she didn't
say, also, was that, in a New England Journal of Medicine
major study, one out of 100 bled so continuously that
they had to do a D&C (a scraping out of the womb)
to stop the bleeding, or they'd have needed a transfusion.
Looks to me like any complications are
going to be covered up to a very large extent.
So what else is new?
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