Yesterday my letter was published in the Windsor Star:
Re: Beware of medical misinformation, by Joyce Arthur, Aug. 17.
The letter writer says, “There’s a reason it took Health Canada almost three years to approve mifepristone (the name RU-486 is incorrect) because the agency very carefully studied all the evidence, including possible concerns.”
There is no way she can know this, since that information is not publicly available.
This drug is very dangerous. The risks and health hazards regarding RU-486 have been meticulously documented in a book by Renate Klein called “RU486: Misconceptions, Myths and Morals.”
Dr. Klein is pro-choice, so the letter writer cannot allege that she is also just “anti-abortion and therefore ideological.” I suggest the letter writer read the book, she might learn something.
One excerpt from the book:
“ … Readers might not draw the same conclusion [that the drug is safe and effective], like hemorrhage-like bleeding, including the need for a blood transfusion, and/or re-evacuation, cardiovascular problems, a potentially lethal infection, or an ongoing pregnancy.”
Now that this drug is available in Canada, it is only a matter of time before we will have our own women suffer its serious side effects, possibly fatal.
PATRICIA MALONEY, Ottawa