Deaths from RU-486

Elissa Meites, Suzanne Zane, and Carolyn Gould of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detailed the deaths in a letter to the editor published in the New England Journal of Medicine September 30, 2010. The doctors wrote that at least two more women since 2008 have succumbed to the bacteria Clostridium sordellii following a typical medical abortion regimen.

In 2008, a 29-year-old white Hispanic woman died 6 days after she began taking vaginal misoprostol at 5 weeks gestation, they wrote, and experienced “severe abdominal cramping, vomiting, and diarrhea” two days before her death. They write that “exploratory laparotomy revealed copious greenish-brown peritoneal fluid and necrotic uterine and adnexal tissue [ovaries or fallopian tubes],” and that despite removing her reproductive organs “she died of sepsis with acute respiratory distress syndrome.”

The second woman, a 21-year-old previously healthy white woman, died 12 days after starting the regimen in 2009. She experienced similar symptoms on the sixth day after beginning the regimen, and also died of sepsis with acute renal failure and internal bleeding

The FDA approved RU-486 for medical abortions ten years ago, and since then hundreds of severe adverse symptoms have been reported. The latest report brings the total of U.S. deaths from the drug to at least twelve, according to the Family Research Council. They also recounted that “over 1,300 adverse affects on women using the drug” have been recorded, including 336 hospitalizations, and 172 blood transfusions.


It was reported in the New York Times as far back as 1991 that “At least three woman have died from it. Another had a cardiac arrest. A third ventricular fibrillation. Both would be dead except that the clinic had a defribillator and shocked them back to life.”

French Woman’s Death, New York Times, A. Riding, April 10th 1991

In France, severe cardiac complications occurred in 1 case in 20,000. In Iowa, one woman almost died from hemorrhage after an RU486 abortion. In third world countries many women will probably die from bleeding.




A sixteen-year-old Portuguese girl died in 2011 from a bacterial infection after taking the abortion pill RU-486. The Portuguese Health Ministry stated in a press release that this brought the worldwide fatalities to  “a total of 32 confirmed dead after taking of RU-486”. Clostrudium sordelli infections from RU-486 are fatal 100% of the time.

Wright, Wendy. Portuguese teenager dies from from RU-486. Concerned Women for America, (18 May 2011).


In 2004 it was revealed that two British women died after taking RU-486. Reports of two “suspected fatal reactions in association with the use of Mifegyne [RU486]” surfaced only after a British public health minister responded to a formal query by a member of the British parliament. Further details on how or why the women died were not made available

Michael Day and Susan Bisset, “Revealed: two British women die after taking controversial new abortion pill,” The Telegraph (UK), (18 January 2004).


According to her mother, 16-year-old Rebecca, a young Swedish woman, did not want a chemical abortion, but was talked into it by the doctor at the hospital. Following his advice, she returned there a week later and took three RU486 pills. Two days later, she returned to the hospital, was administered misoprostol, and received some pain killers. After about eight hours, and some bleeding, Rebecca passed a “big blob” and went home. Six days later, after noting how tired she was, her boyfriend recommended she return to the hospital. She told him she had been informed that she should expect to bleed for several days. He left breakfast for her on the kitchen table. When he returned home at day’s end, he found the breakfast untouched and his girlfriend’s lifeless body in the shower, where she had bled to death.

Sprangers, Jan. “Rebecca dog av abortpiller,”, Sweden, (17 March 2004).