A pro-life researcher searching through Canadian public records has reported that a 19-year-old girl who ingested the abortion drug Mifegymiso (brand name for mifepristone) in order to abort her baby died of septic shock, a known side effect of chemical abortion.
The unnamed mother’s death has prompted calls from pro-life organizations in Canada for the drug’s approval by the government to be withdrawn. Ironically and tragically, another Canadian woman died of the same cause in 2001 during clinical trials of the drug, prompting the government to delay approval until 2015.
Jeff Gunnarson, National President of Campaign Life Coalition, called upon the Canadian government to revoke its approval of the drug.
“We cannot remain silent in the face of the tragic death of this young woman and her child,” said Gunnarson. “We call on Health Canada to act now to protect women’s health and prevent further tragedies.”
The U.S. government has also failed to learn the same lesson concerning the abortion pill, with the same tragic results.
Mifepristone, the first pill in a two-pill regimen in chemical (aka medical) abortion, is dangerous not only to the baby it kills, but to women who take it.
And women are being lied to when they’re told the pill is safe.
“Better safety record than penicillin and Viagra,” said a USA Today headline. However, in the body of the story the media outlet also reports that 24 women died taking mifepristone between 2000 and 2018.
“Very safe,” says Planned Parenthood. Serious problems are “extremely rare,” and it assures women that “pregnancy and childbirth is riskier than most abortions.” That last statement is hotly disputed by pro-life organizations that study the data, noting that the risk of death from either childbirth or abortion is negligible.
Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in on the public relations campaign to make the abortion pill sound safe. The FDA says so, right on its information page on mifepristone:
Is it safe to use mifepristone?
Yes. Mifepristone is safe when used as indicated and directed and consistent with the Mifepristone Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Program. The FDA approved Mifeprex more than 20 years ago based on a thorough and comprehensive review of the scientific evidence presented and determined that it was safe and effective for its indicated use.
But if you read down the page a ways, you get to this:
The FDA has received reports of serious adverse events in patients who took mifepristone. As of June 30, 2022, there were 28 reports of deaths in patients associated with mifepristone since the product was approved in September 2000, including two cases of ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy located outside the womb, such as in the fallopian tubes) resulting in death; and several fatal cases of severe systemic infection (also called sepsis). (Emphasis added)
Twenty-eight deaths in 22 years (in addition to the babies killed). Does that sound particularly “safe” to you?
And what about other side effects of this so-called “safe” drug?
A longitudinal study conducted by the Charlotte Lozier Institute of 17 years of data concluded that “chemical abortion is consistently and progressively associated with more postabortion ER [emergency room] visit morbidity than surgical abortion.” In the period from 2002 to 2015, while ER visits due to surgical abortion increased 315%, ER visits due to chemical abortions increased by 507%!
And as the Daily Citizen has previously reported, in addition to sepsis, possible side effects of mifepristone include “hemorrhage, infection, fever, vomiting, weakness, headache, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, infertility, depression and death.”
The death of the young Canadian woman, combined with the other widely reported side effects from the abortion pill, ought to serve as a wake-up call on both sides of the border that the drug is anything but safe.
And the current attempt here in the U.S. by the federal government to make the abortion pill widely available through pharmacies and through the mail is guaranteed to increase the number of fatalities and emergency room visits due to this dangerous drug.
There are attempts underway in Congress as well as in the courts to stop the proliferation of the abortion pill, but we would do well to ban it entirely. Not only is it fatal to preborn babies deserving of life, but dangerous for women as well.
It’s time that we exposed the lies about the “safety” of mifepristone.
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