Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Kathryn Jean Lopez thinks RU-486 is unsafe; what isn't?

RU-486 DEATH? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A[n eight-]teen[-year-old] dies. Father points to RU-486. One almost hesitates telling such stories because it will be seen as trying to "politicize" a death or "taking advantage" of a death. Of course, it would be wrong not to tell such stories. It's not the first. It's not too widely used, mercifully, so it is hard to say how dangerous it is. But no drug that sends a woman off to bleed and expell her baby at home can be too safe--and surely isn't a panacea to abortion debates.
Posted at 02:23 PM

1) "It's not the first." It's the third, at worst.

2) "It's not too widely used." It's been used by 200,000 American women since approved two years ago. It's been used by more than 1,000,000 women worldwide.

3) "No drug that sends a woman off to bleed and expell her baby at home can be too safe." As noted, there have been three deaths, at worst, among the 200,000 American women who have taken the drug; in comparison, there are more than 15 deaths for every 200,000 American women who give birth. I wonder why their deaths don't prompt similar posts at The Corner.

For that matter, I wonder why "a teen dies" isn't the first sentence of posts about teens like Timothy R. Brown Jr., Duane E. Longstreth, or Vorn J. Mack. Perhaps it is wrong to tell such stories - at least when they contradict your politics.