Skip to comments.Dad of 18-year-old who died after RU-486 abortion tackles abortion drug misinformation
Posted on 09/29/2011 4:07:05 PM PDT by wagglebee
Monty Patterson with his daughter Holly, and son Cody.
This picture was taken just weeks after the abortion drug was approved in 2000.
LIVERMORE, CA, September 29, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) The father of an 18-year-old casualty of a drug-induced abortion has mourned the 11th anniversary of RU-486 legalization by launching a website and video to help women learn about the health risks of the abortion drug.
Monty Patterson, whose daughter Holly died in 2003, said that it is critical that a patient be fully informed of the procedures, administration, and risks involved with the chemical abortion.
The website isnt about the abortion debate. However, the website is about womens health, safety and welfare, Patterson told LifeSiteNews. Women will always have a choice for what they believe is in their best interest. Its too late for Holly and the other women who have died or have been seriously injured because they didnt have the information they needed to make an informed decision.
Holly Patterson, one of 14 U.S. women who have died after taking RU-486, was under the care of Planned Parenthood of Hayward at the time of her death. After taking the drug, Patterson experienced severe cramping, bleeding, and vomiting, but was only encouraged to take more painkillers by the Planned Parenthood clinics hotline.
After calling again, the clinic encouraged her to go to the emergency room if the pain continued; an emergency room doctor simply prescribed more painkillers. Patterson died of septic shock from a blood infection resulting from RU-486.
Supporters of medical abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol, which were approved in the U.S. in 2000, had hoped that it would provide a safe and non-surgical approach to rectify the inequities in abortion care.
In December 2004, Patterson filed a lawsuit naming Danco Laboratories, RU-486s U.S. manufacturer, as well as the abortion provider Planned Parenthood, as defendants. He insists that his daughter was not adequately informed by Planned Parenthood before taking the dangerous drug, saying she received written and video materials that made chemical abortion for a 7-week unborn baby look like a walk in the park.
In February 2004, the California Department of Health Services reported that Planned Parenthood did not have Pattersons signature on one of the consent forms and that it did not educate her on how to administer the abortifacient. State health officials noted that Planned Parenthood failed to report her death as an unusual occurrence. Planned Parenthood defended its decision, arguing that it did not see the death as unusual because Holly died in a hospital.
Eight years after Holly used the internet as a source of information to help make a decision about her medical abortion, Patterson has built his website to share with other women.
Hopefully, any woman thinking about terminating early pregnancy with the medical abortion pill will be able to learn from those that have had the real experience, Patterson said.
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This is tragic. But it doesn't make sense. You don't get blood infections from swallowing pills.
There's more to this story. What happened to her at the clnic?
I can’t imagine the horror he went through after learning that a drug company murdered his daughter right after his daughter murdered his grandchild.
Guess this drug is not as convenient as advertised.
Indeed, if you want to avoid pregnancy, and not commit abortion, there is always the generic alternative to RU-486:
Many times if you have a miscarriage they do a D and C afterwards.. to make sure no products of conception are left.
Retained “products of conception” essentially rot inside the uterus.
Not much sympathy from me, she was a murderer that paid the price for her murder.
This is a dangerous pill and should not be given over the counter. Abortion is not the benign procedure it is purported to be. Women and girls die all the time. There are thousands of couples desperate for a baby. A pregnant girl can always give her baby up for adoption. This might be a wonderful chance for the baby and for the family. murder is never the answer.
About 8% of U.S. women who take RU-486 and misoprostol through the 7th week "will need a surgical procedure to end the pregnancy or stop too much bleeding."
In U.S. trials, a "total of 295 patients were classified as having failed ... abortion. Of these patients, 79 (27%) had ongoing pregnancies, 126 (43%) had incomplete abortions, 30 (10%) requested and had surgical terminations, and the remaining 60 (20%) patients had surgical terminations performed because of medical indications," for example, due to uncontrolled hemorrhaging.
I somewhat agree, though there are rare circumstances such as an ectopic pregnancy or the threat of the woman to die when she may already have other children to worry about, again, these conditions are rare, and the exception, not the rule. I believe that if abortion were only used because of a threat on the woman’s life, they would reduce in number drastically.
That would eliminate 96% of them.