N.Y. Times Reports Fed Probe Of Women's Deaths From RU-486 Abortion-Drug Combo

November 23rd, 2005 12:03 PM

Inside the New York Times today, reporter Gardiner Harris reports on how federal regulators have found that all four women who died after taking the RU-486 abortion drug cocktail “suffered from a rare and highly lethal bacterial infection.” This is certainly not a story the major media has shown much interest in. They did major stories (hawking liberal interest groups) warning about fat-free Pringles and taco shells made of genetically engineered corn, but major corporations that make surgery-free abortions possible? The corporate watchdog suddenly is a harmless, quiet pooch.  

Harris reported  “officials from the F.D.A. and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have decided to convene a scientific meeting early next year to discuss this medical mystery, according to two drug agency officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic.”

The story centers on the death of teenaged Holly Patterson, whose father Monty is pictured and has campaigned to get the drug’s safety investigated. (The media near-blackout of her story is chronicled here.) While Harris gives time to Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America, “a conservative group,” he does not consider a label for the spokesman for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, although he does describe them as “the nation’s largest provider of abortions.” You could also call them "the nation's largest profit center for abortions." The McDonald's of the abortion industry.

UPDATE: CJR Daily moans and complains about the inclusion of CWA's Wendy Wright and her "partisan" take in the Times story. She's a "partisan infection."