Friday, September 19, 2003

18 Year Old Dies from Abortion Drug

From Pregnant teen's death under investigation / East Bay woman had taken RU-486, according to father:

"The Alameda County coroner's office is investigating the case of an 18- year-old East Bay woman who died Wednesday, days after reportedly taking the abortion pill RU-486.

The victim's father told The Chronicle that his 18-year-old daughter had gotten a prescription for RU-486 at a Planned Parenthood office in Hayward on Sept. 10 to end her seven-week pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood issued a statement Thursday night that it was working with the young woman's family to look into the cause of death.

'A patient who recently sought health care services at a Planned Parenthood health care center died yesterday at a hospital in Pleasanton,' said Dian Harrison, chief executive officer and president of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate. 'The cause of death is unknown at this time. . . . We extend our deepest sympathy to the family. We wish them strength and support in this tough time.' "