In Case You Missed It: Too Little Oversight of Chemical Abortion
March 12, 2013
Too little oversight of chemical abortion
Indiana Right to Life in the Indianapolis Star
Letter to the Editor Response by Communications Director Becky Rogness
Monday, March 11, 2013
“I experienced the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life. The experience wasn’t just a heavy period. I was bleeding like I never knew possible. And the cramps were not just severe; I thought I was dying because they were so intense.”
These chilling words from a women who took an abortion-inducing drug, RU-486, were shared at a February Indiana Senate hearing. The hearing was on Senate Bill 371, a bill on abortion-inducing drugs.
The Food and Drug Administration approved RU-486 for U.S. use in 2000. Unlike taking a Tylenol for a simple backache, RU-486 is a serious drug with serious risks.
Through April 2011, the FDA lists deaths from RU-486 in the double digits, hospitalizations in triple digits and total adverse cases in the thousands.
Since 2000, abortion providers have lined up to offer chemical abortions. Several facilities in Indiana do both chemical and surgical abortions. However, Planned Parenthood in Lafayette is the one facility that solely does chemical abortions.
Current Indiana law has allowed this site to perform abortions without licensure or inspection.
Because RU-486 isn’t complication-free, it’s concerning…