Chuck Colson

“They told her it was safe, and it killed her.” As he struggled to hold back tears, Monty Patterson told America something we almost never hear—at least, not on network television: So-called “safe, legal abortion” kills women far more often than many realize. And it has just killed Patterson’s own beautiful young daughter.

When Holly Patterson found out she was pregnant, she hid the news from her father. Instead, the blond teenager put her trust in the local Planned Parenthood staff. They prescribed RU-486, the chemical abortion cocktail.

A few days later, Holly was rushed to a hospital, suffering excruciating pain. She later died of massive systemic infection.

When her death became public, the abortion industry and its media allies began damage control. Reporters interviewed Eric Schaff, chairman of the National Abortion Federation. Schaff claimed that “studies” proved RU-486 could be used “very safely.” This is like asking the head of the tobacco lobby about the safety of cigarette smoking. The truth is that RU-486 is a known killer.

According to the Washington Times, RU-486 took the lives of two women last year. Hundreds of others have suffered complications, many serious. Not only that, but these complications were exposed during clinical trials. So why did then-President Clinton allow the FDA to ignore its own rules and rush the approval of this dangerous drug? Politics.

This ought to surprise no one. In approving RU-486, abortion proponents were simply following the same pattern they always follow when it comes to legalizing abortion procedures. It doesn’t matter if the procedures are safe. All that matters is that they are legal and that underage girls can get them without their parents’ knowledge, preferably at taxpayer expense.

The consequences have been horrific. Mary Cunningham Agee, president of the Nurturing Network, says abortion has been proven so dangerous to women’s health that it ought to be restricted on safety grounds alone. Abortions not only kill some women outright—girls like Holly Patterson—they can also cause problems with future “wanted” pregnancies: problems like premature birth and cerebral palsy. And women who abort have a 58 percent greater risk of dying during a later pregnancy.

“Can you imagine,” Agee says, “what an honest warning label might read like for such a procedure?”

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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