A new study by researchers at Franciscan University of Steubenville raises serious questions and doubts about the safety of RU-486 drugs, which are currently being pushed onto college women in California, through the proposed SB-24 legislation.
The study took place over three-years and tested the effects of RU-486 chemicals on rats.
The study concluded, “Our findings strongly suggest that pregnancy termination at mid-term (first-trimester human equivalent) induces significant negative biological and behavioral changes in the rat. Additionally, such a procedure appears to be associated with a potential absence of beneficial effects of carrying a pregnancy to full-term. Moreover, our findings also appear to indicate a significant difference between induced pregnancy termination (medical abortion) and natural miscarriage. Our study, therefore, indicates the importance and necessity for further objective research into the abortion procedure, including at the physiological and neurophysiological levels. Such work may further our understanding and potentially shed some clarity into the potential biobehavioral impact of such a procedure at the level of the human person.”
This is important because right now, the state of California wants to force all publicly-funded colleges to provide free RU-486 abortion drugs to college women with little oversight. Students for Life of America has testified on the legislation and you can read more about our efforts at NoCampusAbortions.Com.
Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America has noted, “By design, SB 24 will create chaos, increased legal liability for schools, and potential loss of student life, as well as establish a potentially unconstitutional program, violating the conscience rights of both students and university health center personnel….Appropriate analysis of the liability certain to come to California campuses with the passage of SB 24, has yet to be made. The costs of re-tooling campus health centers into abortion vendors, including preparing for worst-case scenarios of young women hemorrhaging, bleeding out in their dorm rooms or on their communal bathroom toilet, have yet to be totaled. Rather than being a simple drug handed out for a headache remedy, the distribution of RU-486 must handled with strict supervision as conditions like an ectopic pregnancy or an undetermined, later term pregnancy can be fatal, and must be determined by a doctors examination prior to consumption…Those who advocate for abortion often say that many abortions take place without lasting injury, but that is not the point, but is something that I would love to discuss at a future hearing. We know that some women will experience severe injury and loss of life. There is no educational reason to expose California schools and students to such risk and liability at taxpayer and student expense, especially in light of other, available alternatives.To protect the educational environment, avoid costly liability and legal costs, and affirm student health centers’ goal of doing no harm to those they serve, I’m asking California legislators to say no to toilet bowl abortions. As a dorm room and communal bathroom toilet is no place to demonstrate the power of women’s rights/exercise women’s rights. Today, I ask of you to reject the risky, costly, and dangerous proposal that is SB 24.”
Read her full testimony here.