Monday, April 24, 2006

How risky is the abortion pill?

Just when I had given up hope that the press will notice the stupidity (and/or hypocrisy) inherent in the current Congressional effort to withdraw RU-486, along comes this Reason article:

Pregnancy was never deemed safe by FDA regulators (and presumably would not make the cut), but drugs more dangerous than the abortion pill have the agency's blessing. The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals cites a mortality rate of five per 100,000 for Viagra, the erectile dysfunction drug, and as Dr. Paul Blumenthal, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, puts it, "That's a risk men are willing to take to have erections." 150 people die every year from Tylenol overdoses, and the American Association of Poison Control Centers attributed 59 deaths to aspirin in 2003.

Read the whole thing, as they say.


At 11:47 PM, Blogger Amanda Marcotte said...

I can't seem to find your email, Ema, but I'm trying to write an article on crisis pregnancy centers and wondering if you have any insight on them. Can you email me if you want to talk?

At 3:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if you've seen this about Plan B now being potentially linked by foaming-at-the-mouth-types to teenage sex cults. I'm beyond words, so I thought I'd share to see if you'd be inclined to offer yours. :)


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