They said it was safe, simple. Now at least eleven women who have taken the drug aredead. Thousands of babies have alreadydied. How many more will die before thisdangerous drug is pulled off the market?
Sherman Oaks, CaliforniaJune 14, 2005
34 year old attorney, mother of two.
Pasadena, CaliforniaJanuary 14, 2004
22 year old died on operating table.
Costa Mesa, CaliforniaDecember 29, 2003
22 years old, died six days after taking abortion pills.
Livermore, CaliforniaSeptember 17, 2003
When she found out she was pregnant, Holly Patterson and her boyfriend researched their options onthe internet and decided to seek anRU486-induced abortion at a localPlanned Parenthood
On Wednesday, September 10, Hollyand her boyfriend visited the clinic. Theclinic explained the procedure, hadHolly sign some forms, and gave her theabortion pills.
Her boyfriend says hedoesn’t remember anyone dwelling onany risk of death. Holly took RU486 atthe clinic, received some pain pills, andwas given misoprostol, a prostaglandin,to administer to herself, vaginally, later at home to initiate contractions to expelthe baby.
On Saturday, after inserting themisoprostol, Holly began to crampseverely. She called the clinic, wastold to take the painkillers, got a refill,and called back to say she felt better.
Sunday morning, Holly’s father found her collapsed on the bathroomfloor, unable to walk.
Crying and bleeding heavily, Holly told her father she was having a “bad period.”
Hesuggested she see a doctor.
Later that evening, her boyfriend took Holly to the emergency room. Holly toldthem she had taken the abortion pill.
She had a pelvic exam, received more pain medication, and was sent home.Vomiting, nauseated, weak, Hollywas rushed back to the ER earlyWednesday morning.
What had beenthought to be side effects of the chemicalabortion turned out to be signs of amassive reproductive tract infection.
When her father was called andcame in around 10 am, he found Hollyhooked up to a ventilator. It was thefirst time he heard about the pregnancyor the abortion.
Though doctors struggled to treather, the infection finally overwhelmedHolly’s system. She died around 2pm,September 17, 2003.
An FDA investigation later determined that Holly was one of four California RU486 patients who died of
Unidentified 26 Year Old
Canadian Trials of RU48Sherbrooke, QuebecSeptember 1, 2001
A 26 year old visited a Sherbrookeclinic to have an abortion on August23, took the RU486 and receivedmisoprostol to administer to herself later at home.
Bleeding and sufferingcramps on August 28, an ultrasoundshowed her uterus was empty. Whennegative side effects continued, shewas admitted to the hospital, where shedied four days later of a massive
infection.Ellen Wiebe, the abortionist runningthe Canadian trials, said the infectionwas related to the abortion andadmitted that the drugs caused theabortion, but maintained “the drugs didnot cause the infection.”
Bleeding to Death
Rebecca Tell Berg
Uddevalla, SwedenJune 3, 2003
According to her mother, 16 year old Rebecca did not want a chemicalabortion, but was talked into it by thedoctor at the hospital.
Following hisadvice, she returned there a week later and took three RU486 pills.
Two days later, she returned tothe hospital, was administered themisoprostol, and received some painkillers. After about eight hours andsome bleeding, Rebecca passed a “big blob” and went home.
Six days later, after noting how tiredshe was, Rebecca’s boyfriendrecommended she return to the hospital.She told him she was told to expect to bleed for several days. He left breakfastfor her on the kitchen table.
When he returned home at day’send, he found the breakfast untouchedand his girlfriend’s lifeless body in theshower, where she had bled to death.
Rupture of UndetectedEctopic Pregnancy
Chattanooga, TennesseeSeptember 12, 2001
Brenda Vise was a pharmaceuticalrepresentative who probably knew howto read drug warning labels. Yet whenthe unmarried 38-year old Chattanooganfound she was pregnant, she made aSeptember 7 appointment with a clinic inKnoxville, TN, 100 miles away, whichwas advertising the new abortion drugRU486.
When a test confirmed pregnancy, but an ultrasound showed nothing inher uterus, Vise was told the baby wassimply too small to see. She took theRU486 pills at the clinic and was givenmisoprostol to take later at home.
When she began to experience severe pain and bleeding, Vise called the clinic.They advised her that her symptomswere “normal and routine.” When shecalled back, worse, the clinic suggestedsome different medications for the painand nausea.
Told Vise’s body temperature wassubstantially below normal and that shewas experiencing significant pelvic pain,the clinic continued to assert that thesesymptoms were normal, nothing to beconcerned about.
After repeated phone calls, the clinicfinally agreed to see Vise again onMonday, September 10. Unable to gether to Knoxville, though, her boyfriendcalled an ambulance and had her transported to a local hospital.