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40 years after Roe, Abortion may be legal , but it is not SAFE !

Posted in abortion clinic safety, Abortion complication, Abortion death, Abortion injury, Abortion pill, Abortion stats, Abortionist, Planed Parenthood abortion death with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by saynsumthn

MarkCrutcherMark Crutcher, President of Life Dynamics, “Women killed in legal abortions to no longer be swept under the rug.”

January 22nd marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe V. Wade Supreme Court case which legalized abortion in the United States. One of the most repeated mantras of abortion supporters is that abortion should be “Safe and Legal”.

SafeandLegal.com

Life Dynamics Inc. a national Pro-life Organization located in Denton, Texas has launched a website, SafeandLegal.com which dismisses the myth that legal abortion is “safe”. The website contains information on women killed by abortion and highlights the legal abortion death of Marla Cardamone and Tonya Reaves.

tonya-reaves-0722When 24-year-old Tonya Reaves climbed onto a table at a Planned Parenthood facility in Chicago for a “safe and legal” abortion she never knew she would be closing her eyes for the final time. What is now known is that the Planned Parenthood abortionist ripped a hole in Ms. Reaves’ uterus and she began to hemorrhage. It is also known that the Planned Parenthood staff let Tonya lie there for over five hours before they sought emergency care for her. Of course, by then it was too late. She had lost approximately 30 percent of her body’s total blood volume, before she died. Her family is now suing Planned Parenthood.

CardMorgueHeadAfter 18-year-old Marla Cardamone was killed having a “safe and legal” abortion, her mother, Deborah, vowed that she would never let her daughter be forgotten. Late last year, she approached Life Dynamics’ President, Mark Crutcher and asked him to help her show the public the risks women face when they submit to abortions.

Tragically, the cases of Marla and Tonya are not isolated incidents. Crutcher has put together a list of the names of women killed by so-called legal abortion. In addition, Crutcher with the blessing of Marla’s mother, has made public the autopsy photos of Marla so the world can see what abortion does to women.

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Crutcher points out that, “These images are a powerful new weapon unlike anything the pro-life movement has ever had before. Because of Deborah’s courage, we finally have the ability to expose one of the pro-choice lobby’s dirtiest little secrets. And that is exactly what Life Dynamics is committed to doing. Starting today, we are sending a clear and unmistakable message to Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry that they will no longer be allowed to kill the Marla Cardamones of this world and then just walk away from them like they never existed.”

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15 year old killed by legal abortion


In 2004, 15 year-old Tamiia Russell sought a “Safe/legal” abortion six months after becoming pregnant by her 24-year-old boyfriend
. Russell ended up at the WomanCare abortion clinic in Michigan, and her adult boyfriend paid $2,000 to have the late-term abortion performed. The procedure, which was performed by abortion doctor, Alberto Hodari, took 2 days to complete. On her return home, Tamiia experienced severe bleeding. WomanCare told her family such bleeding was “normal” and not to take her to the hospital. But the family ignored the advice of the clinic and called paramedics anyway, only it was too late. Tamiia died on her way to the Hospital on January 8, 2004. The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office deemed her cause of death “Uterine infarction with sepsis, due to status post second trimester abortion.” Investigations into the WomanCare abortion clinic and abortionist revealed that they had numerous suits filed against them, and in March of 2011 Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a lawsuit seeking closure of the clinic. Please share these stories to warn other women about the myth that legal abortion is safe and visit http://www.SafeandLegal.com for a list of women who have been killed by legal abortion.

“Everybody feels badly about losing an otherwise healthy young person, but saying this is a dangerous procedure is simply not true” ~ Dr. Herb Brown Medical Director, Planned Parenthood of San Antonio and South Texas in 1997, after the April 15 ,1997 death of a 16 year-old girl from a legal abortion. The medical Examiner’s office reported the cause of death as “Perforated Uterus Due to An Abortion.” ( San Antonio Express-News 4/24/1997)

38 year-old Brenda Vise died on September 12, 2001, after having an abortion at the Volunteer Women’s Clinic in Knoxville Tennessee. A lawsuit filed by her estate claims the abortion clinic did not discern that Ms. Vise was having a tubal pregnancy. It was estimated that Ms. Vise was approximately six weeks pregnant. Clinic personnel prescribed Mifeprex, also known as RU-486, commonly referred to as the “abortion pill.” After receiving the initial dose of Mifeprex at the clinic, Ms. Vise returned home and began experiencing problems.Multiple calls were placed to the clinic as her condition worsened, and in every instance Ms. Vise was advised that her symptoms were normal and routine. The clinic never suggested that Ms. Vise return to the clinic so she could be examined by a medical doctor to verify the complications were not serious. Ms Vise was finally taken to a Chattanooga hospital but it was too late to save her. Brenda Vise’s death was a tragedy. Please visit http://www.safeandlegal.com to see the names of women who died from legal abortion. And SHARE !

TaTanisha ab death story

Abortion doctor Edward C. Allred had troubling attitudes toward African Americans. Allred once publicly stated, “When a sullen black woman of 17 or 18 can decide to have a baby and get welfare and food stamps and become a burden to all of us, it’s time to stop…” In 1995, the abortion clinic Allred ran would be accused of racism in the abortion-related death of a 24 year-old African American woman. It was in January of 1995, that 24 year-old African American TaTanisha Wesson went to the Family Planning Associates abortion clinic in Los Angeles, for an abortion and never came home. TaTanisha died in the hospital on February 1, 1995, leaving behind her 5 year old born son. An attorney for the family told the press that the abortion clinic gave TaTanisha too much anesthesia, that clinic staff was not present when she began to vomit, and that the abortion clinic delayed calling 911 for approx. 25 critical minutes. Her parents then accused the abortionist of racism in their daughter’s death. TaTanisha is one of many women who believed the lie that legal abortion made a “safe” abortion.

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In 2005, the husband of woman who died after receiving the abortion pill at a California Planned Parenthood filed suit against the abortion giant, accusing them of not warning her of the drug’s risks. Hoa Thuy “Vivian” Tran died Dec. 29, 2003 — six days after beginning the drugs’ cycle. She was 22. An autopsy revealed evidence of sepsis, an illness caused by infection in the bloodstream, according to the reports. Planned Parenthood’s response? Spokeswoman Kimberlee Ward said, “Planned Parenthood has absolute confidence on this method of abortion.”

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22 year old Laura Hope Smith never imagined that she would not return home after her “Safe/Legal” abortion. Smith was reportedly 13 weeks pregnant when she entered the Women’s Health Clinic abortion clinic in Hyannis, Ma. on Sept. 13, 2007. She died of cardiac arrest while under anesthesia. Neither the abortionist nor his staff, who had no medical training, noticed Smith had died until after the abortion was completed. The abortion doctor, 67 year old Rapin Osathanondh, who performed the procedure, was so negligent that the State of Massachusetts successfully charged him with manslaughter. He admitted that he failed to properly monitor Smith while under anesthesia and did not call for emergency assistance in a timely manner when she suffered complications. He was also found to have lied to cover up his negligence by claiming he administered emergency care that was never done. Osathanondh, was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to one count of manslaughter in Laura’s death. Osathanondh surrendered his medical license and has closed his two abortion offices.

On March 25, 2000 Maria E Rodriguez obtained a so-called “Safe/Legal” abortion at the Family Planning Associates Medical Group in Chicago, Ill. She was approximately 18 weeks pregnant and the abortion was performed by Edward Steve Lichtenberg. According to a lawsuit filed by the family, Lichtenberg perforated Maria’s uterus, a common abortion complication. While in the recovery room of the abortion clinic, Maria began to hemorrhage, and the abortionist recorded finding a “moderate flow” of vaginal bleeding. According to the suit, while Maria was deteriorating, neither abortionist nor clinic staff made attempts to determine the cause of the bleeding, replace lost oxygen, or transfer Maria to a hospital. It would be a critical 1.5 hours after the hemorrhage began before the clinic would transfer Maria to a hospital. Despite efforts from the Hospital to save her life she died later that evening.

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On May 2, 2009 Antonesha Ross made a down payment to Women’s Aid Clinic in Lincolnwood, Illinois for an abortion, she was told she was 13 weeks pregnant. She returned to the clinic on May 8th where abortionist Josephine Kamper performed the abortion on her. CRNA Lawrence Hill who monitored her discovered her blood oxygen levels were abnormal. When she began to cough up blood from her mouth and nose, the abortion clinic employee gave Antonesha a bag to breathe Instead of providing CPR. Antonesha suffered respiratory and cardiac arrest and died following her abortion. In a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the woman’s family, the abortion clinic along with CRNA Lawrence Hill offered a total $555,508.00 in damages to the family for their negligence.

Pro-choice woman faces jail after giving teen RU486 abortion pill

Posted in Pro-choice law breakers with tags , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2012 by saynsumthn

Woman facing jail for giving abortion pill to pregnant teenager: Baby died hours later shortly after birth

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 6:34 pm
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An Elkton-area woman who illegally gave a pregnant 16-year-old an abortion pill is facing five years in prison after accepting a plea deal.
The victim suddenly experienced acute pain after taking the pill, putting her in the hospital, prosecutors said. Several hours later, her baby died after the teen gave birth there, prosecutors added.

Sandra Craine, 62, of the 2000 block of Oldfield Point Road, was later indicted on two charges that related only to the adverse effect her actions had on the victim – not on the teen’s baby.

Craine pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment on Dec. 16 in Cecil County Circuit Court as part of a plea agreement negotiated by Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin B. Urick and her Elkton-based defense lawyer, John Downs.

In exchange for Craine’s guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a second-degree child abuse charge, which also related to the victim.
Craine’s sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 13. She remains free on a $5,000 bond.

A Cecil County grand jury handed up the two-count indictment against Craine in August – about two months after she mail-ordered a packet of abortion pills, RU-486, off an overseas website and gave them to the victim, prosecutors reported.

At the time, according to Urick, the teen was “20 weeks and five days” into her pregnancy.

Doctors who treated the pregnant teen at Union Hospital in Elkton told investigators and prosecutors that RU-486 must be taken during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy only, according to Urick.

Craine failed to follow other instructions relating to the abortion pills she gave the victim, according to prosecutors.

“The packaging stated that a prescription was needed to obtain the medication and that it should be taken only under a doctor’s supervision,” Urick said, noting that neither instruction was followed.

A pregnant woman wanting a pharmaceutically induced abortion takes specified doses of RU-486 over a series of days and under a physician’s care.

“The pills arrive in the mail and (Craine) gives the packet to (the victim). She takes her first pill on the morning of June 30 and two hours later, the pregnant (victim) is in Union Hospital with pain. Her baby was born alive a short time later, but died shortly thereafter,” Urick said.

Doctors who treated the victim contacted police and Det. Angel Valle of the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office, in turn, conducted the investigation that led to the indictment.

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FDA Report: Abortion Drug Killing Moms, Babies

Posted in Abortion, Abortion complication, Abortion death, Abortion injury, Abortion pill with tags , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2012 by saynsumthn

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FDA Report: Abortion Drug Killing Moms, BabiesThe abortion drug RU-486 is not only killing babies but also mothers, according to a report issued by the Food and Drug Administration.

According to the FDA report:
• Fourteen women died after taking the drug.
• More than 600 women had to be hospitalized, with more than half requiring major blood transfusions.
• The drug also led to serious or severe infections in 256 patients.
• Overall, more than 2,200 women reported serious medical problems from RU-486.

“I think there’s a huge industry behind this abortion drug, and so I don’t suspect it will be pulled from the market despite the fact that it’s not good for women’s health,” said
Jeanne Monahan, director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council.

“Women have a right to know what it does, and they’re not being told the truth,” she said.

But the problems don’t end there. Abortion businesses have also misused the drug.

In 58 cases, abortion doctors gave RU-486 to patients who had an ectopic pregnancy even though the FDA explicitly warns against doing so.
FDA Downplaying Report?

There are also complaints about how the FDA handled the release of the report. It was given to a senator who requested it but was not made public or posted on the agency’s website.

“It really wasn’t released into the media,” Mandi Campbell, an attorney with theLiberty Counsel, said. “We don’t hear a lot of mainstream media talking about this issue, talking about how abortions do kill women.”

“If you think about it, that would really put a halt to the business, if women were informed and educated about the side effects of drugs like RU-486, and really the procedures as well,” she added.

RU-486 works during the first three months of pregnancy by blocking the production of progesterone. That hormone supplies the lining of the uterus with critical nutrients needed to keep the baby alive.

Without it, the baby starves to death, detaches from the wall of its mother’s womb and exits her body.
A New Drug in Town

Meanwhile, there’s a new drug on the market, called Ella that was just released last year and is very similar to RU-486.

Critics worry it will also harm women, and they’re concerned about the way it’s marketed.

The FDA calls Ella a contraceptive because it prevents the fertilized egg from ever attaching to the uterus.

But since pro-life advocates believe pregnancy begins when the egg is fertilized, they consider Ella an abortion drug. They also say it needs to be tested in higher doses.
“It has the exact same chemical compound and mechanism of action as RU-486, so in other words it can also work post-implantation,” Monahan explained.

“So even by the Food and Drug Administration’s own wrong definition of when life begins, this drug is an abortion drug,” she said. “But they labeled it as an emergency contraceptive.”

While the government and drug companies might try to blur the line between contraception and abortion, it’s important to know the facts.
Studies show that many women who are willing to take contraceptives clearly draw the line at taking an abortion drug.
This story originally aired on Friday, January 6, 2012.

Abortion pill RU-486 created as an inexpensive drug for eugenic “population control” has connection to Nazi gas Zyklon B

Posted in Abortion, Abortion pill, Hitler, Maafa21, Nazi, Rockefeller, RU-486 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2010 by saynsumthn

Today, September 28, 2010, marks the ten-year anniversary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of Mifepristone (popularly known as RU-486).

These following quotes/facts are from the powerful documentary : Maafa21 which shows how the US government and other Elites are using abortion to limit black births:

When three pro-choice researchers investigated the original motive behind the creation of the abortion pill, RU486, what they discovered was that the scientific basis for it was actually developed in United States during the 1960s by the National Institutes of Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In their 1991 book, these researchers claimed to have found data showing that this agency was looking for an inexpensive and effective drug to control the populations of foreign countries that the government had classified as “under-developed.” The abortion pill was to be tested in these environments and, if successful, the plan called for it to then be introduced into Black, Hispanic and Native-American communities in the United States.

After the abortion pill, RU486, was approved for sale in the U.S., the controversy surrounding it kept the abortion lobby from being able to find an American company to produce it. That forced them to look for a foreign manufacturer and, after an eight-year search, a company owned by the Chinese government agreed to manufacture the drug for the U.S. market. The company’s management made this decision after the Rockefeller Foundation agreed to provide financial backing for the project.

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Connection between Rockefeller and RU486. At the end of World War II, the German chemical manufacturer, I.G. Farben, was identified as the company that supplied the gas used in the Nazi concentration camps. The gas was called Zyklon-B and evidence later showed that Farben’s executives knew how it was being used. In fact, evidence was uncovered to indicate that Farben engineers had actually designed the gas chambers. This led to some of them being tried at Nuremberg for crimes against humanity including genocide and slavery.

After the war, I.G. Farben would change its name and become known as Hoechst AG. One of Hoechst’s subsidiaries, Roussel Uclaf, is the French company that developed RU486. The same company that produced the gas used in the Nazi death camps also produced the abortion pill RU-486

In June of 2006, shortly after a FOIA Act granted Judicial Watch uncovered government documents on RU-486, called “The Clinton RU-486 Files,” the Interim reported that, In his first official act as president, Clinton ordered the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration to co-ordinate the marketing of abortion drug RU-486 on American soil.

Clinton had previously received advice from Ron Weddington, whose wife argued the pro-abortion side in the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case. In a January 1992 letter supporting the legalization of RU-486, Weddington made a Brave New World-style pitch on socio-economic grounds, arguing: “Something’s got to be done very quickly. Twenty-six million food stamp recipients is more than the economy can stand.”

Weddington went on to write that the next president should “start immediately to eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of the country,” as “our survival depends upon our developing a population where everyone contributes. We don’t need more cannon fodder. We don’t need more parishioners. We don’t need more cheap labour. We don’t need more babies.”

The report brings to light a number of disturbing revelations, including the use of official U.S. political, economic and diplomatic pressure that was used to persuade the RU-486 manufacturer, Roussel Uclaf, to make the drug available to American consumers. In one confidential memo, then-HHS Secretary Donna Shalala mentioned that she and then-FDA Commissioner David Kessler personally changed Roussel Uclaf’s position.

Interestingly, the documents also show that Roussel Uclaf offered to give the RU-486 patent to the U.S. government at no cost, in order to protect itself from legal liability in case anything went wrong.

Clinton obtained the patent by writing an official letter to Roussel Uclaf, saying the U.S. required “safe and effective medical treatment,” and thanking the company on behalf of “the women of America.”

According to Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, the drug has claimed the lives of 560,000 children and at least six women in the United States, in part because the Clinton administration pressured the FDA to circumvent the usual requirements for certifying a drug as “safe and effective” in order to bring RU-486 to market. “This dangerous abortion pill needs to be pulled off the market immediately,” he said.

From Maafa21, Exerts from the Letter Ron Weddington sent to President Bill Clinton (Clip below) “ … 26 Million food stamp recipients is more than the economy can stand.” • “… you can start immediately to eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of our country. No, I’m not advocating some sort of mass extinction of these unfortunate people. Crime, drugs and disease are already doing that.” • “I am not proposing that you send federal agents armed with Depo-Provera dart guns to the ghetto. You should use persuasion rather than coercion.” • “Our survival depends upon our developing a population where everyone contributes. We don’t need more cannon fodder. We don’t need more parishioners. We don’t need more cheap labor. We don’t need more poor babies.

Contraceptive Dangers Rising Concern Over Side Effects

Posted in Abortion pill, birth control, Birth Control Dangers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2010 by saynsumthn

Note- This came out in 2005- research has been done to prove further dangers since:

WASHINGTON, D.C., JAN. 8, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Even as governments and family planning groups continue to push contraceptives, new evidence is coming forward on their dangerous side effects. In England, the minister for children, Margaret Hodge, declared that she was in favor of injectable contraceptives for schoolgirls, BBC reported Nov. 16.

“What is really interesting is this contraceptive injection,” she declared. “If people are having sex, you don’t want them to have babies at that age.”

Hodge’s enthusiasm for contraceptives flies in the face of scientific warnings. On Aug. 23 Reuters reported on research by a team from the University of North Carolina and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Women who use the injected contraceptive Depo-Provera have a higher rate of sexually transmitted diseases, they concluded.

Charles Morrison, of Family Health International, said that more study is needed, but it is possible that Depo-Provera itself causes a susceptibility to sexually transmitted diseases. “We did adjust for differences in condom use, differences in multiple partners, differences in the number of sexual coital acts,” he told Reuters.

Depo-Provera is also under scrutiny by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency has now stipulated that the drug must carry a special warning that prolonged use can cause significant loss of bone density, the Associated Press reported Nov. 17.

Shortly after the FDA announcement, another study confirmed the problem of bone loss due to Depo-Provera, Reuters reported Dec. 23. Researchers from the University of Iowa compared 178 women using the injectable with 145 women not using hormonal contraception.

Average bone density at the hip fell 2.8% one year after starting Depo-Provera and 5.8% after two years. Loss of bone density in the spine was similar. This compares to average bone loss of less than 0.9% among the control group.

Deadly side effects

Another contraceptive with troubling consequences is the so-called patch. Last April 4 the New York Post reported on the case of 18-year-old Zakiya Kennedy, who died as a result of blood clots, formed as a result of her patch contraceptive. She had switched from using birth-control pills to the patch about three weeks before her death.

The newspaper followed this up with a Sept. 19 report tying the Ortho Evra patch, the only kind marketed in the United States, to the deaths of at least 17 women in the past two years. The article added that scores of other women using the patch have suffered complications, including 21 “life-threatening” cases of blood clots and other ailments. The data came from FDA reports obtained by the newspaper.

The article added that the manufacturer claims the patch has been used by 4 million American women since it went on sale in 2002. A company spokesman commented that the illnesses and deaths are “consistent with the health risks” of the pill, which it says kills 0.3 to 1.9 women in every 100,000 users ages 15 to 29.

Concerns over the health risks of another contraceptive forced the FDA to step in a few days ago to correct a TV commercial. Reuters reported Dec. 30 that the FDA warned Barr Pharmaceuticals that its ads for Seasonale pills failed to mention the side effect of frequent and substantial bleeding.

The FDA warned the company that the commercial misleads consumers by excluding this information, to make the birth control pill seem safer. The warning came in a letter to the company released by the FDA on Dec. 29. In addition to the bleeding problems the pill’s label warns that other side effects can include blood clots, heart attack and stroke. But the commercials, observed the FDA, use “compelling visuals” and “fast-paced scene changes” along with other techniques that distract from warning information.

Good news proved false

One recent report at first seemed to disprove health worries over contraceptives. The British newspaper Guardian on Oct. 26 noted that some studies had concluded that the pill could help protect women from heart disease and strokes. Plus, another study of women in America concluded that the pill did not increase the risk of breast or cervical cancer.

These results were presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine conference in Philadelphia last October. The data came from the ongoing Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study, which is tracking a group of more than 160,000 women.

The report in the Guardian was skeptical about the positive news. It noted that the WHI study had previously reported data linking hormone replacement treatment to an increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease and strokes. The contraceptive pill and HRT are practically the same, the article noted.

The doubts proved to be prescient. On Nov. 27 the London-based Times reported that the WHI had subsequently rejected the findings drawn from its data and demanded a retraction.

Jacques Rossouw, acting director of the WHI, admitted to the Times that the study lacked credibility. “The researchers just looked at base-line data, which is very poor data,” he said. “That is why the findings are so bizarre. These kinds of results are just not credible.”

The Times followed this story up with another article, on Dec. 13, that warned of higher stroke risks for women who take the pill. Based on a study of more than 5,000 people, researchers from Canada, the United State and Spain have concluded that migraine sufferers who take the pill are up to eight times more likely to suffer a stroke than those not using it. The Times added that migraines affect an estimated 6 million people in Britain, with women being more susceptible to the problem.

So-called morning-after pills are also associated with health problems. A July 30 report by Medical News Today summarized the findings of a study published by Dr. Gene Rudd in the September issue of the Annals of Pharmacotherapy.

Last July 22, Barr Laboratories reapplied to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to receive approval for Plan B to be made available over-the-counter, after the FDA’s initial refusal. Rudd’s article contains data arguing that easing access to Plan B would place the health of many women at risk.

Rudd noted that nonprescription access to Plan B would keep many women out of doctors’ offices and away from appropriate, comprehensive care. Additionally, Plan B may encourage more risk-taking behaviors such as “unprotected” sex that increase the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

Health concerns are not limited to contraceptives. The abortion pill RU-486 has been linked to a number of deaths. A well-known case is the 2003 death of Holly Patterson, an 18-year-old Californian who succumbed to septic shock after taking RU-486.

Holly’s father, Monty Patterson, said that the FDA should ban the abortion pill after a third death was being linked to its use, the Associated Press reported Nov. 16. That same day, the New York Times reported that the FDA has asked that the warning label on the RU-486 be strengthened.

In an opinion article published Nov. 19 in the New York Times, Donna Harrison, an obstetrician-gynecologist and member of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, accused authorities of having given the green light to the abortion pill in 2000 due to political interference by the Clinton administration.

She explained that documents recently obtained through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that the Clinton administration “pushed to get RU-486 approved before the 2000 election despite the lack of reliable data demonstrating its safety.” That news may have come too late for at least a few RU-486 users.

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RU 486 companion drug blamed in 2001 death

Posted in Abortion, Abortion death, RU-486 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2010 by saynsumthn

By Ed Langlois Jan 12,2001

Of the Sentinel

A just-settled Portland lawsuit has called into question the safety of a drug being used in concert with the abortion compound RU 486.

The 1997 death of 34-year-old Margaret O’Connor is being blamed on a dose of misoprostol, an ulcer medication that doctors have for several years used to induce labor in expectant mothers.

The undisclosed settlement, achieved last month after a two-year trial in Multnomah County Circuit Court, went to Michael O’Connor of Portland. On Jan. 28, 1997, O’Connor lost his wife an hour after she gave birth to their third child at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

The Food and Drug Administration in September approved the use of RU 486, and doctors have been using Cytotec as a companion drug to complete the chemical abortion process.

But FDA figures show 30 cases of rupture of the uterus related to the use of misoprostol, known by its brand name Cytotec. In eight cases, the child died even though abortion was not the intent.

In the Portland case, the mother died.

Peggy O’Connor was admitted to Emanuel for what Dr. Barry Davis says appeared to be an ‘uneventful’ labor. But Dr. Davis did note that O’Connor was anxious to have the baby and had consulted with another physician, Dr. Joseph Weick, about using Cytotec to hurry the birth and avert complications. The drug had been used in Legacy delivery rooms for less than a year. Dr. Weick said he saw no problem and Dr. Davis ordered the dose.

Powerful contractions set in and O’Connor delivered the child. About 20 minutes later, the placenta came. O’Connor, who had had a child previously via cesarean section, then began bleeding profusely. She went into shock, and surgical measures to save her life failed.

An autopsy revealed that the placenta had broken off too abruptly and that amniotic fluid entered Peggy O’Connor’s bloodstream.

‘The pro-life community has always warned that RU 486 abortions are deadly not only to the unborn but to the women,’ says Gayle Atteberry, executive director of Oregon Right to Life. ‘This tragically proves us right.’

Oregon was one of the states where doctors tested RU 486 and developed protocol for its use.

In a pre-trial deposition, the O’Connors’ attorney Keith Tichenor asked Dr. Davis if he had warned his patient of the risks involved with Cytotec before he administered it.

Tichenor: ‘Did you tell her anything about whether it was used as an abortifacient?’

Davis: ‘No.’

Tichenor: ‘Did you tell her anything about warnings on the package inserts about not using it if you were pregnant because of the abortifacient property?’

Davis: ‘No.’

Attorneys for Dr. Davis, Legacy Health System and Monsanto argued that the harm to Margaret O’Connor was ‘not foreseeable.’

Cytotec is manufactured by G.D. Searle, a drug company owned by chemical giant Monsanto. The FDA approved Cytotec as an ulcer medication in 1988.

The drug literature from the late 1980s warns, in bold type, against the use of Cytotec by pregnant women.

But medical experts are split on the use of the drug during labor.

The O’Connor case showed that some strong proponents of its use are at Portland’s Oregon Health Sciences University. It was there, at a 1995 continuing education seminar, that Dr. Davis was told that the ulcer drug Cytotec was a good labor quickener.

But doctors elsewhere argue strongly against the drug, citing its tendency to cause the strong contractions and even kill the child in the process of being born.

Dr. Marsden Wagner, a Washington, D.C., physician who once worked with the World Health Organization, relays reports from Medford that obstetricians there are using Cytotec to try to fit deliveries into a daytime schedule.

‘We can’t just throw drugs at people in an uncontrolled way,’ Dr. Wagner writes in a recent article in the magazine Midwifery Today.

‘These women and babies paid a very big price because their practitioners were willing to use a very powerful drug before it has been approved by the FDA for this purpose and before it was adequately evaluated by prospective, controlled research.’

Dr. Charles Lockwood, chairman of obstetrical practices for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, says that Cytotec is the ‘agent of choice’ for inducing labor in the United States.

During the 12-year debate that resulted in the approval of protocol for RU 486, many physicians argued that women should be able to take Cytotec at home to make the abortion process cheaper and quicker.

‘Not being able to use misoprostol at home is a barrier to entry to providing medical abortion services,’ Dr. Suzanne Poppema, Seattle-based president of the National Abortion Federation, said in March 1999.

So far, the FDA has approved Cytotec only for use in treating peptic ulcers, but did recommend it to cause miscarriage after use of RU 486. When doctors use the drug to induce labor they are engaging in a common, legal but risky practice called ‘off-label use.’

In August 2000, Searle sent an update letter from its Skokie, Ill., office to doctors warning that Cytotec was approved only for treating ulcers and posed dangers to women if used to induce labor or abortions.

‘Serious adverse events reported following off-label use of Cytotec in pregnant women include maternal or fetal death,’ the Searle letter reported.

Just last week, two doctors from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists chided Searle for the attempted dissuasion.

The editorial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, charged Searle with letting a fear of abortion politics and potential boycotts override science.

‘It is a sad state of affairs when a pharmaceutical company attempts to restrict the use of a drug although a large body of scientific evidence indicates that the drug has unique benefits and is safe for a large group of patients,’ wrote Drs. Ralph Hale and Stanley Zinberg. ‘Women in the United States should not be deprived of access to misoprostol.’

Other labor-induction drugs are more dangerous and more expensive, the doctors argued.

Though 30 cases may not seem like an epidemic, observers say Cytotec could pose a greater risk now that RU 486 is approved.

Doses for causing abortion will be higher than those used to speed labor.

Even in smaller doses, the drug causes overwhelmingly powerful contractions in some women and can bring on the kind of rupture and bleeding that killed Margaret O’Connor.
‘I’m not sure this kind of thing is isolated, or if it is, whether it will stay isolated,’ says the O’Connors’ Portland attorney Keith Tichenor.