OTTAWA, ON August, 2015 – LifeCanada is extremely disappointed at the recent approval on July 30th, of the dangerous drug RU486 by Health Canada.  LifeCanada has written to federal health minister Rona Ambrose expressing our concern over this drug, and the potential for severe adverse and unknown long-term reactions to the drug that are documented and should not be underestimated.

There are additional safety concerns with regard to this drug as it is an abortion regime that is completed at home, often involving hours of cramping and heavy bleeding that can potentially mask a life-threatening infection.  Women going through this medical abortion will often be alone, and if they are in rural areas of Canada, they can be far from emergency care.

In the U.S., about 1.5 million women have used the drug between 2000 when it was approved and 2011, the last Food and Drug Administration report of adverse effects. Of those 1.5 million, 14 died, 612 were hospitalized, 339 had blood loss severe enough to require transfusions, and 48 had severe infections. In total, more than 2,200 adverse events were reported.  This does not include the many, many horrific experiences of women with terrible reactions that went unreported.

LifeCanada is also concerned that there were no public hearings conducted in Canada, either with medical experts or with members of the public.

Further, we find it appalling that media reports are referring to RU-486 as the “gold standard” of abortion drugs.

LifeCanada believes that every human life has inherent value, even the smallest and most fragile among us.  No drug concoction whose sole intent is to kill a living, growing embryo should be referred to as a “gold standard” of medicine. Rather, our society should utilize our potential for real ingenuity and support adoption and options for women in unplanned pregnancies that do not involve the horrors of killing, and the potential threats to a mother's own life and health.

We can do better than abortion, in whatever form abortion takes, and we challenge our governments and communities to go the extra mile in helping to bring hope to women facing unplanned pregnancies.

About the LifeCanada

LifeCanada (www.lifecollective.io/lifecanada) was established in 2000 to operate as a national association of local and provincial educational pro-life groups across Canada in order to promote the value of human life, to serve our members, and to advocate for the most vulnerable members of society. LifeCanada is a non-profit organization that is supported solely by the generosity of its members.

For further information contact Natalie Sonnen, executive director, LifeCanada at 1-866-780-5433 x1.