PLANNED PARENTHOOD, RU-486 AND WEBCAM ABORTION
Planned Parenthood is involved in streamlining access to abortion through the use of the controversial drug, RU-486. What is known as “Webcam Abortion” is a procedure where potential seekers of an abortion will not need to consult a doctor in person to obtain an abortion. Instead, they come a Planned Parenthood facility where they can communicate with a doctory on-line about their desire for an abortion and, if the doctor agrees, the drug RU-486, also know as Mifeprex or the abortion pill, is given to the recipients. The drug, although approved by the FDA, is controversial because of the reported instances of harm, even death, that have followed shortly after taking the drug. Even the United States House of Representatives Government Reform Committee published a staff report titled, “The FDA And Are For RU-486 : Lowering The Standard For Women's Health.” They say:
... the FDA has acknowledged the death of six U.S. women associated with RU-486, nine life- threatening incidents, 232 hospitalizations, 116 blood transfusions and 88 cases of infection. A quarter all the patients were hospitalized. These and other cases add up to a total of 1070 adverse event reports (AERs) as of April, 2006. 1
This official government report concluded that “The integrity of the FDA in the approval and monitoring of RU-486 has been substandard and necessitates the withdrawal of this dangerous and fatal product before more women suffer the known and the anticipated consequences or fatalities. RU-486 is a dangerous drug for women, its unusual approval demonstrates a lower standard of care for women, and its withdrawal from the market is justified and necessary to protect the public'shealth.” (Ibid., 40).
Not only are Webcam Abortions dangerous because of the drug RU-486, but they are dangerous because the recipients of the drug go home to have a miscarriage, usually not in the presence of a doctor. Women undergoing abortions of this type are left to figure out how much bleeding is too much bleeding, how much cramping is too much cramping and how much pain is too much pain. Then they live with the trauma of giving birth to a dead child. Webcam abortions, like all abortions, are traumatic and wrong. We call Planned Parenthood to face the horror of what they are doing to women and unborn children.
1. The FDA And RU-486: Lowering The Standard For Women's Health, The United States House of Representatives Government Reform Committee, October 2006, Staff Report Prepared For The Hon. Mark Souder, Chairman Subcommittee On Criminal Justice, Drug Policy And Human Resources, Washington, page 31.
2. Ibid., page 40.
Heather Sells. Abortion by Internet? Docs Push New Frontiers. CBN News http://www.cbn.com. March, 2011.
The FDA And RU-486: Lowering The Standard For Women's Health, The United States House of Representatives Government Reform Committee, October 2006, Staff Report Prepared For The Hon. Mark Souder, Chairman Subcommittee On Criminal Justice, Drug Policy And Human Resources, Washington, page 31.