May 19, 2006

Yo Quiero RU 486

Alabama has shut down an abortion clinic. And no, it's not because Eric Rudolph escaped. It's because apparently the clinic doled out some RU 486 to a woman in her third trimester:

The suspension order said a patient went to Summit on Feb. 20 and received an ultrasound administered by a non-physician, in violation of state rules for such facilities. She was told by a Summit staff member she was six weeks pregnant. "She was almost certainly in the third trimester and near term," Williamson said.

The same day, the clinic gave her a dose of Mifeprex, or RU-486, an abortion-inducing drug, also without a physician administering it as required. "What's clear here is that it wasn't used appropriately," Williamson said.

The patient had a "critical and dangerously high" blood pressure reading of 182/129 at the clinic, the suspension order said. "That in and of itself would have demanded immediate medical attention," Williamson said.

Instead, the staff went ahead with the medical abortion....

On Feb. 26, the patient went to the emergency room at a Birmingham hospital "with the head of a baby protruding" and delivered a "stillborn, macerated, six pound, four ounce baby," according to the suspension order.

According to the article, the woman had to follow up her initial dose of RU 486 (stupid name by the way) with 4 vaginally inserted doses of Misoprostol. (I'd like to know if the pregnant woman was wondering why the fetus kept kicking the suppositories out). And interestingly enough, I can't seem to find a credible source that says whether or not the woman went to the clinic to get an abortion, or if she was just swinging by for a visit. But since she was popping RU 486 and shooting up 4 vaginal doses of Misoprostol, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I think she may have been interested in possibly aborting her fetus. But I'm not prepared to go out on a limb and say whether or not I think she knew she was in the last trimester because frankly, I know several women who are actually THAT stupid.

Now, this is how big a 6 week old fetus is:

The embryo is starting to look like a tadpole. It's about 0.08 inches to 0.16 inches -- the size of a BB pellet -- from the top of the head to buttocks.

And this is how big a 6 month old fetus is (I used 6 months, which is the end of the 2nd trimester, instead of 7 months, which is the beginning of the third trimester (which is allegedly how far along the woman was), to give the clinic the benefit of the doubt, and because I'm feeling pretty damn generous today):

By the end of the sixth month, your baby is about 12 inches long and weighs about 2 pounds.

Which I will call "roughly the size of a small Chihuahua," so you forum readers can get a good mental picture.

OK, so even if you're the most educationally challenged staffer at the abortion clinic, how do you confuse something the size of a "BB pellet" with something the size of an annoying, yappy, Mexican dog that used to be on Taco Bell commercials? I bet I can shoot a Chihuahua in the butt with a BB pellet (just joking, PETA) and the dog would barely limp. The people at the clinic were either total, drooling, idiots or they knew exactly what they were doing. Either way, Tom Cruise deserves an ultrasound machine way more than that sketchy abortion clinic in Alabama. Even Xenu would agree with me on that point.

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