Planned Parenthood Study Shows One-Fourth of Abortions Involve Dangerous Drug

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 8
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — A new Planned Parenthood study finds one-fourth of all of the abortions done in the United States now involves the dangerous abortion drug mifepristone. That is the drug that has caused the deaths of more than a dozen women worldwide — including at least six in the United States — and has injured more than 1,200 nationwide according to figures from 2007. Sales of the abortion drug Mifeprex, the first part of the two-part RU 486 abortion pill process, rose 16.5 percent last year and 184,000 women used the drug. The Planned Parenthood study also finds the abortion drug, which can be used at around seven weeks into pregnancy, now accounts for about one-third of all early-term abortions. The study, which will be reported in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine, analyzed 228,000 abortions at Planned Parenthood centers between 2005 and 2008. Chris Gacek, of the pro-life Family Research Council, was not surprised by the increased use of the abortion drug. “I don’t think at this point we’re going to do anything” to try to limit its use, he said. “It’s hard to know whether this increases the (total) number of abortions.” Last year, the Alan Guttmacher Institute, a former Planned Parenthood research arm, released a report showing the number of abortions has declined to record lows in the United States. But, women having abortions were more frequently using the dangerous abortion drug. According to AGI, about 13 percent of all abortions involve mifepristone. The report also showed that 57 percent of places that do abortions now have the abortion drug, compared with just 33 percent in 2001.

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