When the controversial pills were approved in 2000, rules required abortion complications to be reported by the abortionist to the manufacturer. The manufacturer is required to report the complications, referred to as adverse events, to the Food and Drug Administration.
Dr. Christina Cirucci of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists tells AFN she and her colleagues looked at the stats and at a study by researcher Kelly Cleland. In 2009 and 2010, abortion giant Planned Parenthood documented 1,530 cases of adverse reactions to the pill’s manufacturer.
The FDA compiles that data in the FAERS, the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System.
“But if you go on the FAERS web site for those two years,” the doctor says, “there's only 664.”
That is quite a discrepancy since Planned Parenthood is only one provider of abortion and covers about 37% of the market. So pro-lifers are pointing out the FDA number should be considerably higher.
“This is significant,” Cirucci insists, “because the FDA has used this reporting system to claim that chemical abortions are safe.”
Even worse, she adds, in 2016 the FDA removed the requirement to report any complications. Now only deaths are required to be reported.