New Concerns About Abortion Drug, As Two Women Die

July 7, 2008 - 8:03 PM

( - Two women taking RU-486, the abortion-inducing drug combination, have died, the drug maker says, and four others have become very ill. The news on Thursday prompted pro-life groups to urge that the drug be taken off the market.

According to a report in the Washington Post, Danco Laboratories, the maker of the drug marketed as Mifeprex, has sent a letter to doctors, telling them about the six women.

The letter, however, also says it's not known if RU-486 actually caused the deaths and illnesses. According to the newspaper report, three women suffered bleeding caused by the rupture of ectopic (fallopian tube) pregnancies; one died. Two other women had serious bacterial infections; one of them died. The sixth patient had a heart attack three days after taking RU-486, but she recovered.

The letter Danco sent to doctors reminded them to report any serious problems in women who take the abortion drug.

The FDA approved RU-486 as an abortion-inducer in September 2000, and at the time, pro-life groups warned of its dangers.

"Abortion is a dangerous business no matter how safe abortion providers claim it is," said Mo Woltering, director of public policy for the American Life League. "This is further proof that not only is abortion wrong, it's medically dangerous."

"We hope that the Bush administration uses this as an opportunity to call back the approval of RU 486," said Woltering. "We need a new FDA director who is going to actively pursue this." President Bush has not yet nominated a candidate for the vacant top post at the FDA.
See Earlier Story:
FDA Data on RU-486 Spotty, Inconclusive (19 Feb. 2002)

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