Friday, February 1, 2008

Lest We Forget the Dog Food

So apparently the company that makes RU-486 (more commonly referred to as the abortion pill) has been experiencing problems with other drugs it manufactures. A cancer drug made by the same company has reportedly been causing leg pain and paralysis in patients.

While bad medication is OBVIOUSLY a huge problem (I wouldn't want to go to the hospital for leukemia treatment and come home with no feeling in my legs, thanks), you know this wouldn't be making many headlines in the U.S. if the same company didn't make RU-486 (which is apparently called mifepristone to the medically knowledgeable). This is just going to give anti-choicers more ammunition to cause false alarm and try and talk women out of abortions.

I suppose this would be a good time to point out that, while the company that manufactures mifepristone did manufacture tainted drugs, the actual plant where RU-486 passed their most recent F.D.A. inspection. So there isn't actually cause for alarm, but if you are concerned and in need of an abortion, there is always Vacuum Aspiration.

Remember the pet food recall? I don't believe anyone tried to convince people not to have pets. There were simply lists published about what foods were safe and what foods weren't. It's the same thing. If the drugs are contaminated and medical abortion isn't an option, choose another method.

By the way, I hope I'm not the only one who starting singing "Tainted Love" when I read the headline starting with the phrase "Tainted Drugs."

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