After nearly three years of deliberating, Health Canada has announced it has approved the controversial abortion drug, RU486 for use in Canada. This announcement expands abortion services across our land, something Prime Minister Harper promised not to do.
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Health Canada has confirmed that it has approved the controversial abortion drug RU-486. Pro-life leaders say they are stunned by the news of the decision to expand abortion in a country where abortion on demand at taxpayer expense is already the norm.
“As if we haven’t got enough ways in Canada to kill preborn children; we’ve just legalized another one,” John Hof President of United for Life BC told LifeSiteNews.
“I think its another dark day for Canada with the approval of that dangerous human pesticide,” commented Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) President Jim Hughes.
“We have a glut of abortions in Canada since 1969 with deaths of in-womb babies exceeding 4 million,” said Mary Ellen Douglas, National Organizer of CLC. “Surely we do not need to add this disastrous medication to the killing that is already taking place.”
CLC called on the federal government, Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Prime Minister Harper to stop the distribution of this drug.
In a statement, a spokesperson for federal Minister Ambrose sought to distance the government from the decision. “Drug approval decisions are arms-length decisions made by Health Canada officials based on analysis by Health Canada scientists,” the spokesperson said, according to the Montreal Gazette.
Heavy bleeding, nausea, vomiting, and painful uterine contractions are common side-effects of the two-drug combo, which requires three trips to the doctor’s office over a two week period.
As of 2011, fourteen U.S. women had died after taking RU-486 and a total of 2,207 reported adverse effects after using the drug, according to a report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
While the abortion drug is arguably no less harmful or inconvenient than surgical abortion, it has been successfully marketed in the United States and other nations, with over 1.52 million women having taken the pill from 2000-2011 in the US alone.
Some feminists have fought the legalization of RU-486 since the drug carries so many health risks for the mother. One such feminist, Renate Klein, recounts the cases of two women who died after taking RU-486: Holly Patterson, the beautiful young teenager from the San Francisco area who died of an infection in 2003, and an 18-year-old who bled to death in Britain in 2005.
A fact sheet on the drug by American Life League notes that RU stands for Roussel Uclaf, the manufacturer of the RU-486 pill. “Roussel Uclaf is owned by Hoechst A.G., one of several corporations spun off after World War II from the giant I. G. Farben chemical firm, the firm that supplied Hitler with the Zyklon B gas used to kill Jews and Christians in the Third Reich death camps,” they note.
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Are the scientists at Health Canada completely mad?
Apparently, the scientists at Health Canada have designated RU486 (Mifegymiso for the Canadian market) as safe . “Well it was anything but safe for at least 1 per cent of the US women who underwent an RU486 medical abortion during one four year span” states Jakki Jeffs, executive director.
In the 2005 Research Report “Analysis of Severe Events related to the use of Mifepristone [RU486 US trade name] as an Abortifacient” the following overview of 607 Adverse Events Reports, within a four year period, were noted in the results;
“The most frequent AERs were hemorrhage (n=237) and infection (66). Hemorrhages included 1 fatal, 42 life-threatening, and 168 serious cases; 68 required transfusions. Infections included 7 case of septic shock (3 fatal, 4 life threatening) and 43 cases requiring parenteral antibiotics. Surgical interventions were required in 513 cases (235 emergent, 278, non -emergent). Emergent cases included 17 ectopic pregnancies (11 ruptured). Second trimester viability was documented in 22 cases (9 lost to follow-up. 13 documented fetal outcome). Of the 13 documented cases, 9 were terminated without comment on fetal morphology, 1 was enrolled in the fetal registry, and 3 fetuses were diagnosed with serious malformations, suggesting a malformation rate of 23%.”
According to Vicki Sapporta, President of the National Abortion Federation, “Canadian women will now have access to the gold standard of (medical) abortion care”. Jakki Jeffs, executive director asks “What about the 750 Canadian women who will find that all that glitters is not gold, and be part of the 1 percent of women who suffer any of the adverse events noted above”? Would we ever in our wildest dreams knowingly place so many Canadian girls and women at such risk?” she added.
Ru486 requires three or four doctor’s visits, the taking of 2 or more hazardous drug combinations, includes a vaginal ultrasound, surgical intervention in approximately 85.5% of the adverse report cases and too often has serious complications including death.
But it is Oh so very private and each woman can have the dubious experience of delivering her tiny aborted child in her toilet, at home alone!
Contact: Jakki Jeffs 519 824-7797