The Lamp

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How Many More Women Must Die?

Posted by thelamp on January 18, 2007

As 2006 came to a close, two more deaths were attributed to RU-486, the first of two drugs taken to chemically abort an unborn child. Since the medication was approved in September 2000, at least seven women have died in the United States.

The Food and Drug Administration never should have approved RU-486, and pro-life members of Congress are renewing their effort to pull the abortion pill, also known as mifepristone, from the market.

Click here to urge Congress to pass the RU-486 Suspension and Review Act.

The federal agency’s response following these latest reportswas to schedule a workshop for early May to discuss research on the infection that killed four of the women last July. Rather than doing the right thing – yanking the drug in the waning days of the Clinton administration – the FDA has issued a statement saying it is investigating the circumstances of the deaths.
The FDA’s response has prompted outrage from the halls of Congress to the offices of pro-life groups, including the Center for Moral Clarity. How many more women will be allowed to die while the federal government studies the problem?
In the past, the FDA has pulled from pharmacy shelves drugs accused of causing fewer deaths and less severe complications. An abortion drug linked to seven deaths should not continue to be purported as safe.
In the 109th Congress, 79 members of the House sponsored the RU-486 Suspension and Review Act. Unfortunately, the bill did not pass, but it should have. It’s time to suspend RU-486 before another woman’s life is lost.
The FDA has the authority to suspend distribution of any drug item when safety issues arise. If the FDA won’t act responsibly, Congress must step in and do what must be done.


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