These heartbreaking statistics reveal the tragedy of a flawed worldview: a worldview that says that we can have sex out of wedlock without consequences, that birth control will prevent unplanned pregnancies, that abortion is a “safe” solution when contraception fails, and that total strangers with financial incentives can be trusted to care more about teenage girls than their own parents.
Those consequences are usually hidden from view, but a few weeks ago, they were briefly on full and tragic display.
I pray that around the country, other frightened, pregnant teens see Holly’s father’s tears—and decide to seek help, not at Planned Parenthood, but at a crisis pregnancy center where they will hear about a worldview that offers life instead of death. Remember Monty Patterson’s anguished words: “They told her it was safe, and it killed her.”
Contact U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Mark McClellan, M.D., and ask him to halt distribution and prescription of RU-486 (also known as Mifeprex™ or mifepristone). The mailing address is:
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Donations to help cover funeral expenses can be sent to the Memorial Fund for Holly Marie Patterson, account No. 4900692248, care of Washington Mutual,
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See the Citizen Petition filed with the FDA regarding the abortion drug Mifeprex™ (commonly referred to as RU-486 or mifepristone) by the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Christian Medical Association, and Concerned Women for
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Brent Bozell, “ Behind the Holly Patterson story ,” Townhall.com,
Bonita Brewer, “ Dad seeks answers in death ,” Mercury News,
Bonita Brewer, “ Funeral Wednesday for pregnant woman ,” Contra Costa Times,
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