Ban abortion pill following 19-year-old girl's death
To: Health Canada
C.c. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health
We, the undersigned, express our deep concern regarding the recent death of a 19-year-old Canadian woman from the chemical abortion drug Mifegymiso.
This tragic incident of her death, along with the death of her preborn child, highlights the dangers associated with the use of this drug, and we believe it is time for Health Canada to take action to protect the health and well-being of Canadian women and their preborn children.
This 19-year-old girl did not deserve to die. She was just starting out on her journey into adulthood. Like most women her age, she might have enjoyed socializing with her friends, listening to music, and exploring new interests. She may have been on an exciting new path of education and career development.
Her untimely death is a tragedy that deeply affects everyone involved, including her family, friends, and community. The loss of a young life with so much potential is always devastating. It leaves behind a void that cannot be filled.
Mifegymiso, also known as RU-486, is a two-drug regimen that is used to end a pregnancy up to 63 days after a woman's last menstrual period. It was approved by Health Canada in 2015 for its “safety, efficacy and quality,” even though Health Canada knew of its risk of causing death from septic shock, exactly what happened to this 19-year-old girl. Advocacy groups have recently raised serious concerns about its safety.
The death of a 26-year-old Canadian woman in 2001, coupled with this 19-year-old's death, has brought attention to the deadly risks associated with the use of this drug.
Given the lethal effects associated with Mifegymiso, we believe that it is imperative that Health Canada take action to ban this drug in Canada. Banning Mifegymiso would send a strong message that Health Canada is committed to protecting the health and well-being of Canadian women, and we believe that this is a step that must be taken.
We cannot stand idly by as more women, along with their preborn children, are destroyed by this human pesticide.
We call on Health Canada to act now to protect maternal and infant health and prevent further tragedies.
Please join us in signing this petition and sending a clear message to Health Canada that we demand action on this issue. The time for change is now.
Read full CLC report here: Abortion pill kills 19-year-old Canadian
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