RU-486: A 17-Year Recap
By Brenna Lewis, SFLA Staff Writer
How liberating the abortion pill has been. 17 years and only 22 of us have died. 1,041 of us were hospitalized but hey, we survived.* Sepsis has been a teeny issue for us, the hemorrhaging hasn’t been pleasant, and don’t even get me started on the post-abortive drug abuse. But still, 17 great years of enjoying our freedom from patriarchy and living our lives to the fullest (well, most of us anyway). Thank goodness for safe, legal abortion.
Are actual real-life women really out there advocating for something so dangerous? Call us crazy, but no woman deserves to die on a toilet. For those of you who need a little refresher on RU-486, it goes a little something like this: the process includes two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone is taken first and kills the embryo by blocking progesterone, a necessary pregnancy hormone. It is not strong enough, however, to “finish the job.” Misoprostol is taken second to expel the contents of the uterus. The above stats are in reference to the first drug, mifepristone.
A highlight from the FDA report:
Deaths were associated with sepsis in eight of the 22 reported fatalities (7 cases tested positive for Clostridium sordellii, and one case tested positive for Clostridium perfringens). Seven of the eight fatal sepsis cases reported vaginal misoprostol use; one case reported buccal misoprostol use. Thirteen of the fourteen remaining U.S. deaths involved two cases of ruptured ectopic pregnancy and one case each of the following: substance abuse/drug overdose; methadone overdose; drug intoxication; suspected homicide; suicide; delayed onset toxic shock-like syndrome; hemorrhage; unintentional overdose resulting in liver failure; drug overdose of undetermined intent and cardiac arrest; combined drug intoxication/overdose […]
RU-486 is marketed as the quicker, easier way to end your pregnancy. A trip to the abortionist and a brown bag later, you’re supposed to be free of all your troubles. It’s painfully clear that this is not the case for thousands of women, so why does no one seem to care? Where are the outraged feminists? It’s not like women aren’t being hospitalized and/or killed during surgical abortions (because they definitely are), but RU-486 is a stealthier threat. It sneaks home with women in their purses and endangers them in their own houses. Many abortion facilities, at least, are required to have a transfer agreement with a local hospital for when things go south – but here we are sending women home by themselves with a powerful, dangerous set of drugs and basically wishing them luck.
Women. Deserve. Better. We deserve better than abortion in general, and we certainly deserve better than RU-486. Too many women think this is the best society has to offer them; it’s our job as the Pro-Life Generation to remind our country that there are a myriad of options better than that little brown bag.