Another woman has died from taking the RU 486 chemical abortion pill, this time in Australia. Exposing this story is Monty Patterson, a father who knows all too well the pain of losing a child to RU 486. His young daughter, Holly, died in September of 2003 from a deadly toxic shock infection she contracted during her RU 486 chemical abortion.
First, Holly’s story. She became pregnant at 17 and didn’t tell her parents. Instead, she went to Planned Parenthood shortly after her 18th birthday when she was seven weeks pregnant. There, she received the first of two drugs, RU 486, as part of the mifepristone abortion protocol. As instructed, she took the second drug vaginally 24 hours later at home to induce contractions to expel her unborn baby from her body. Two days later, Holly called the Planned Parenthood clinic hotline to complain of cramping and was told her symptoms were normal. A visit to an emergency room got her an injection for pain. One week after the start of the abortion, Holly was admitted to a hospital in severe pain. Her father, Monty, was called and told the severity of Holly’s condition and only then did he learn of the abortion. Holly died later that afternoon, leaving her family in shock and horror.
Since that day, Monty Patterson has devoted his life to educating on the dangers of RU 486 chemical abortions, hoping to spare others the anguish, shock and pain he has experienced from his beautiful Holly’s death. Patterson now reports the few public details of the death of an Australian woman sometime in 2010 after being given the RU 486 abortion pill. Reporting in The Australian, Angela Shanahan says: “Why did it take two years for her death to become public? RU 486 was legalized after great public outcry…Did the authorities not think the medical profession and public might like to know about this?”
The U.S. FDA reports 14 deaths of American women from use of RU 486 since 2000. Patterson believes that at least 21 women have died worldwide from fatal Ru 486 complications, but knows the number is under-reported.
In Wisconsin, RU 486 abortions have increased significantly, with 26% of the 2010 abortions reported being chemically induced. Fortunately for Wisconsin women, Wisconsin Right to Life’s push to prohibit web cam abortions will limit the spread of Ru 486 abortions. One can only wonder how many Wisconsin women have been harmed by this potent two-drug cocktail which destroys the lives of unborn children.
Read Holly’s story here.