Report on 'medical abortions' somewhat misleading

A new report on the abortion-drug regimen known as RU-486 may leave a false impression of safety.


The report suggests that about one-fourth of the abortions in America are induced using RU-486, a two-drug combination that causes the death and abortion of an unborn baby. One of the concerns surrounding usage of that regimen has to do with the number of deaths and serious side effects, including infection.
 
Chris Gacek of the Family Research Council was asked if it is really safer. "What it's safer about is it's not causing these massive septic infections," he explains.
 
Such infections have claimed a number of lives. But another problem, Gacek notes, still persists -- excessive bleeding -- because that is just a fundamental part of the regimen.
 
"The drug induces sort of the chemical strangulation of the embryo or fetus, and then you have to dispose of the remains," says Gacek. "[T]he Misoprostol essentially strips the uterus of the baby and the products of conception -- [in other words] all the tissues that accompany the conception and help the pregnancy develop near the lining of the uterus and all that."
 
There has been no significant increase in abortions in the aftermath of the drug's introduction.
 
The report is based on research conducted at Planned Parenthood clinics across the U.S. Planned Parenthood is the nation's biggest provider of what the organization refers to as "medical abortions."

Contact: Charlie Butts
Source: OneNewsNow
Publish Date: July 13, 2009
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