Four California Women Die Killed by RU 486… Abortion advocates deny there’s a problem

Despite the fact that four women in California have died from infections related to the use of mifepristone also known as RU 486, leading advocates of abortion are denouncing calls to take the potentially fatal drug off the market.

Their argument… “It’s still safer than having a baby.”

According to the Los Angeles Times:

Health officials are investigating whether there are any links in the cases of four California women — at least two in Los Angeles County — who have died since 2003 of massive infection after taking the so-called abortion pill, RU-486, and a follow-up drug.

The state and federal probe follows an announcement last month by the Food and Drug Administration, after the June death of a Sherman Oaks woman, warning doctors and patients of the potential for serious bacterial infection under certain circumstances.

At the heart of the inquiry in California are why and how the deadly infections developed and whether more women might have been harmed.

In a July 2005 press release by The Annals of Pharmacotherapy Brown University professor Ralph P. Miech, MD, PhD, proposes two models of how this devastating reaction may occur.

During an abortion, mifepristone works by blocking the effects of progesterone, shutting off nutrition to the placenta and fetus. However, Miech points out, the antiprogesterone effects of mifepristone also cause changes in the cervix that allow C. sordellii, a common vaginal bacteria, to enter the cervical canal. C. sordellii thrives in this low-oxygen environment and derives nutrition from the decaying fetal tissue. Meanwhile, other hormonal effects of mifepristone, known as antiglucocorticoid actions, are taking place throughout the body. Through two models proposed by Miech, these antiglucocorticoid effects may interfere with chemical regulators known as cytokines, offsetting the delicate balance between over- and under-activation of the immune system. This disruption impairs the body’s ability to fight off C. sordellii and may help spread the bacteria’s toxic by-products, a combination that sometimes results in widespread septic shock.

But refusing to allow any restrictions on abortion, no matter how dangerous the procedure might be, abortion supporters continue to deny any causal effect and still claim that RU 486 is not as dangerous as childbirth.

Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, said such concerns were vastly overblown. “There has been no causal relationship established between the medical abortion and the subsequent infection,” she said. “This is a very, very rare occurrence…. Childbirth is 10 to 13 times riskier than having an abortion, either medical or surgical.

Tell that to the child being aborted!

Craig DeLuz

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