Planned Parenthood dispenses more death.
"There's no quick fix for pregnancy, no magic pill," Holly Patterson's sobbing father told reporters on September 19, two days after she died from a massive bacterial infection apparently brought on by a failed RU-486 abortion.
Two weeks earlier, Holly, who had just turned 18, "seemed happy and healthy." But that was before she entered the Planned Parenthood clinic in Hayward, California, about seven weeks along into her pregnancy.
It's unclear whether Holly was given a dose of Mifeprex (the knock-off brand of RU-486 made in China and distributed in the U.S.) or simply a prescription for the drug during her September 10 visit to Planned Parenthood. We do know that when taken alone, RU-486 causes a complete abortion only about 60 percent of the time, leaving a patient vulnerable to serious infection and hemorrhaging. For this reason, a second drug (Cytotec in the U.S.) must be taken about 48 hours after RU-486 to cause uterine contractions, which help expel the embryo. Holly took one of these drugs -- most likely Cytotec -- at home on Saturday, September 13.
Susan E. Wills is associate director for education at the pro-life office of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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