Behold I am with you always; yes, to the end of time. RU486 now to be prescribed by family GPs Family doctors al over Australia wil soon be able to prescribe the abortion cocktail, fol owing a decision recently made by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to al ow the two drugs to be imported by a company. Inside this issue: This drug is not a medicine. No one’s health is better after taking it. It has caused death and serious side effects. In fact, since the drug
became available in a very limited way in 2006, 22,500 women have taken it up until December last year. Of these women, 822 have reported adverse events where the drug was a suspected cause.
- 132 failed abortions - 29 infections or suspected infections
- 23 haemorrhages which needed a blood transfusion
- ruptured or perforated uteruses - and 1 death.
Such ‘side effects’ of harming the mother as well as the intended
death of the child, were considered acceptable on the grounds that a chemical abortion is less efficient than a surgical one. The medical
Director of Family Planning NSW, Dr. Deborah Bateson, said simply that the possibility of fol ow-up surgery was a known complication. Australian Doctor 24/8/12 The drug effectively starves the childto death, after the firstdosing, which is mifepristone. It is registered for abortion use up to the 7th
completed week of pregnancy, and is meant to be taken in the presence of the prescribing doctor. This seems to mean the mother wil have a medicare funded visit to the GP, col ect a script to get fil ed at the chemist, then go back to the doctor for a second appointment to swal ow it. Do we taxpayers then pay for two medicare funded visits? The mother herself, later, takes the second part of the death cocktail, misoprostol, to expel the dead baby from the womb. BIOETHICS NEWS
The staged cocktail is not listed on the PBS, yet, but Marie Stopes are reportedly considering applying for that as well. If they succeed it means we’ll al have to fund the cocktail from our taxes. Marie Stopes have not yet said what that cost wil be. The drug wil be distributed through MS Health, a not-for-profit pharmaceutical subsidiary of ‘Marie Stopes International
Australia’ (MSIA) Medical Observer 7/9/12. Cairns gynaecologists
Caroline de Costa and Michael Carrette have expressed
concern over some il effects needing emergency care and how
rural women may be affected. MJA 2012 ; 197: 257-58;282-86.
Responsibility for these complications will now be shifted from Marie Stopes to the GP and themother, who wil be fending for herself in a bedroom abortion. Deaths have also been reported in the USA, Canada, the Philippines, China and France, where the Government has since issued a warning that the drug should only be given in conditions resembling high level care facilities.
Marie Stopes deluges GPs GPs across Australia have recently been swamped with offensive Marie Stopes literature – at one point it included little baby teddy bears arriving in the mail. As a not-for-profit body, Marie Stopes puts its surplus funds into ‘ sexual and reproductive healthcare services to mil ions of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people’. Michel e Warwick NSW/ACT State manager Dr. Marie MSIA MSIA appears at health conferences in Australia under the bannered slogan
“saving and changing lives in developing countries”
In their bulk advertising they claim to provide free, impartial, non- directive counselling over the phone. They also claim that most women are able to make a decision after just one session with a Marie Stopes counsellor. Marie Stopes ‘counselling’ explores nine areas. Their approach is loaded, with focus on
- ‘how she feels having a child wil affect her current or future
career’ - ‘how she feels having a child wil affect her current or future relationships’ - ‘…the financial support she expects to receive from friends and family’
The cold, arithmetic style of Marie Stopes counselling steels the mother’s heart from giving toward cost-counting. True counselling knows the love each mother feels, or will feel, for her child is nourished by the warm support of others.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Pray for us. Dr. DeIrdre Little, Bioethics Convenor, CWLA-NSW inc.
CASE STUDY:9 An example of “Marathonning’ - Over a 1 year C = Recovery Facilitator WEEK 1: Mother phones C (business contact) requesting help for son – long term (10 years) polydrug user, including heroin, having ‘tried every program there is’ including Methadone and 6 hours Naltrexone in the past. 9 had become a recluse in his own room, a chronic poly drug
Abul Barkat Avijit Poddar Sayeedul Haque Khan Ratha Loganathan Sukanta Sarker September 2003 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH CENTRE (HDRC) ENGENDERHEALTH, BANGLADESH COUNTRY OFFICE Executive Summary The Government of Bangladesh (GOB) has been committed to family planning since its independence in 1971. In the mid-1970s the GOB adopted a broad-based, multi-sectoral family planni