RU-486 under attack

RU-486 (Mifeprex), the pill used to induce chemical abortions in early 1st trimester pregnancies, has come under fire recently because of the deaths of 4 women in California who died of a rare bacteria infection (Clostridium Sordelli) shortly after taking RU-486. The NY times has the full article.

Wow. Very disturbing. And now it’s just a matter of waiting for the inevitable: how will the Pro-Lifers use this to their advantage? And just how dangerous is this drug?

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  1. Posted November 30, 2005 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    I love how the part about how in the US, but not Europe, something is inserted vaginally in the treatment is buried toward the end of the article and treated like no one knows if this might affect things. Let’s see: They all had a bacterial infection that started in their uterusus. Maybe something inserted vaginally might be a factor? Just maybe? We know sterility in insertion makes a big difference with IUDs.

    Or maybe not. I certainly wouldn’t want to jump to conclusions on scant data. This pill is still safer than surgical childbirth, which no one seems to be in a rush to reduce.


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