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Abortion drug hurts women
Friday, April 26, 2013

“The federal government should not subsidise the abortion drug RU486,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.

“This controversial medication destroys the developing fetus in the womb by depriving him or her of nourishment. Another drug (Misoprostol) is then given to help expel the dead baby. This process may be extremely painful and lead to heavy blood loss and infection. Some women, including at least one Australian, have died of septicaemia as a result. An SA study of 7,000 abortions found a significantly higher percentage of complications after RU486 abortions compared with surgical abortions.”

Ros Phillips said that the psychological risks of RU486 abortions are also significant. “The latest research shows a higher risk of mental ill-health in women who abort compared with women who carry unwanted babies to term,” she said. “But the psychological impact would be significantly greater for women who deliver dead unborn babies in the toilet at home after an RU486 abortion.

“Moreover the availability of a cheap ($12) abortion drug would encourage boyfriends, husbands and parents of pregnant women to coerce those women to abort. Serious depression and suicide attempts are far more common in such women. A recent large study of Finnish, Danish and US women found that women who abort have a 90% higher risk of death within a year than women who give birth.”

Mrs Phillips said RU486 is a poison which hurts women while it destroys their unborn babies. “Any government that makes this drug more cheaply and readily available is clearly misogynist,” she said.


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