Thursday, March 18, 2010

“Safe and Effective”: How Does It Feel to Be Lied to By Planned Parenthood?

By Steven H, Aden, Esq.

( - In my last column, I recounted the experience of a former Planned Parenthood clinic director, Abby Johnson, who walked out of her abortion clinic and into the pro-life movement after watching an abortion on an ultrasound monitor. After watching a baby destroyed on the monitor before her eyes, Abby said, “The first thing I thought of was all the women I’d lied to.”

But we all know that lies beget lies. Abby was speaking of surgical abortion and Planned Parenthood’s insistence that a baby is only a “blob of tissue” or the “products of conception.” Increasingly, though, Planned Parenthood affiliate abortion clinics are pushing the so-called “chemical abortion” option with the dangerous RU-486 drug, now re-labeled Mifepristone or “Mifeprex” for easier marketing. A chemical RU-486 abortion costs less for Planned Parenthood, but clinics typically pocket the markup, charging about the same – roughly $350 to $650 – as for a surgical abortion at the same gestation. And what’s Planned Parenthood’s track record for dealing honestly with women about the medical risks and consequences of RU-486 abortion? Not much better.

Enter Angie Jackson, a 27-year-old self-professed “Anti-Theist” micro-blogger who recently decided to blog her RU-486 abortion, obtained courtesy of her local Planned Parenthood clinic. Angie probably relied on Planned Parenthood’s assertion that the drug is “safe and effective” – and the FDA, in approving it, deemed it so. But Planned Parenthood has never felt bound by the dosage requirements and conditions the FDA also placed upon providers of the drug as part and parcel of this determination. Full story.

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