Good. We need to analyze just how this drug came to market:
The parents of a teenager who died after taking the RU-486 abortion drug have filed a lawsuit against the maker of the pill. Holly Patterson died in September 2003 after suffering severe abdominal pain and bleeding.
Monty Patterson, Holly’s father, told the Contra Costa Times that the lawsuit is their latest effort to draw attention to the risks associated with mifepristone. He indicated that his motivation for the legal action is not money or notoriety.
At least three deaths have been attributed to the drug manufactured by New York-based Danco Laboratories. The company and a Planned Parenthood abortion facility near San Francisco that gave Holly the drugs are named in the wrongful death and product liability suits. Also named is the Population Council, a pro-abortion group holding the patent rights to the drug and ValleyCare Health System, which operates the hospital where Patterson died.
Over 600 reports of problems with RU-486 have been submitted to the FDA. Those complaints led to an extensive revision to the warning label information on the drug’s packaging.
FDA approval for RU-486 was expedited under the Clinton administration through a process that is reserved for drugs used to treat life-threatening illnesses like cancer and AIDS. The FDA approval process being scrutinized in the wake of the voluntary removal by Merck of its pain medication, Vioxx from the market may lead to an investigation that would focus on the circumstances by which the abortion pill was rushed through the approval process shortly before the 2000 elections even though it did not qualify for such treatment under FDA rules.
What’s chilling is that it’s legal in some states for a girl my daughter’s age to get RU-486 without my knowledge or consent. She’s not even allowed to take an ibuprofen at school unless the nurse dispenses it, and only then if I send the IB to school with a signed note.
I am not my daughter’s enemy, except in the eyes of Planned Parenthood and its allies.