A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Sunday, July 24, 2005

"Officials Puzzle Over Abortion Pill Deaths"

Yes, very shocking that abortion causes death. Of course, these doctors are only worried about the deaths of the murderers---I mean "mothers."

Federal health investigators are baffled: Why have four California women died from a bloodstream infection after using a controversial abortion pill?

Two of the deaths — one this year and one last year — were reported last week by the Food and Drug Administration. The other two deaths occurred in 2003. All were caused by sepsis, a bloodstream infection, although the women didn't have all the usual symptoms for sepsis, such as fever, health officials say. Only one other U.S. death linked to the drug has been reported since it went on the market in 2000, and the cause of death in that case was different.

"On the surface, this appears unusual," said Dr. Marc Fischer, a medical epidemiologist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. "That's why we're investigating."
Surprise, surprise. Guess where it was developed:

More than 460,000 women in the United States have used Mifeprex since it was invented in France in the 1980s. The pill already contains a "black-box" warning highlighting the risk of bacterial infection, sepsis and death. Reports of fatal sepsis among the pill's users are rare, occurring one in 100,000 cases.
Here is what the Death Pill does:

Mifeprex is approved to end a pregnancy up to 49 days after the start of a woman's last menstrual cycle. It is a two-part treatment — one drug blocks a hormone required to sustain a pregnancy and the other, taken days later, ends the pregnancy.
Do forgive me if I cannot feel sympathy or concern (other than for their immortal souls) for women who voluntarily kill their own children. It is like asking me to give Andrea Yates a hug. Actions have consequences.