Ohio Abortionists Fight Safety Regulations


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Ohio has passed a law requiring any abortionist who uses RU-486 to follow the Food & Drug Administration guidelines for its use.

When the FDA approves a drug, they issue “protocols” for how doctors should use it. These protocols are guidelines and not legal requirements, that is, the FDA encourages doctors to follow them, but there is generally no penalty if they don’t.

So in June, 2004 Governor Taft signed a law that would make following the FDA guidelines mandatory in Ohio. The law also required abortionists to report any serious complications to the state medical board.

In April, Dana Powell sued an Akron abortionist over complications following an RU-486 abortion. According to the lawsuit the abortionist failed to follow the guidelines on at least two points: Using the drug for an ectopic pregnancy, and having her take the second drug at home by herself rather than under a doctor’s supervision. At least two young women have died from RU-486 abortions where the protocols were not followed: Brenda Vise in 2001, and Holly Patterson earlier this year. The U.S. distributor of the drug, Danco Laboratories, urges abortionists to follow the FDA protocols.

But four Ohio abortionists have now challenged the law in court. The law was scheduled to go into effect on September 23, but it has now been blocked while it goes through the courts.

Editorial Comment

Pro-abortionists say that they are committed to keeping abortion “safe and legal”. But they are now fighting in court for their right to not follow elementary safety procedures, even when these have been proven to save women’s lives. Their argument is that any regulations add expense, and thus interfere with a woman's "right to abortion".

Suppose an automobile manufacturer went to court to fight the regulations requiring them to include seat belts in their cars, or to equip their cars with brakes. Suppose they argued in court that this increases the cost of the vehicle and thus interferes with Americans' right to own a car. How would you react? How do you think the media would react?

If you see an inspector from the health department at an abortion center, they’re there to check the employee cafeteria, not the procedure rooms.


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Posted 25 Sep 2004.

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