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Wednesday, September 24, 2003



A funeral will be held today for Holly Patterson.

Holly died late last week after taking the RU 486 abortion pill. The Alameda County Coroner's office is investigating the death, as is the Food and Drug Administration.

An AP story about Holly's death,
Abortion Pill Death May Re-Ignite Debate,
appears in many papers today.

"SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Holly Marie Patterson went to a Planned Parenthood clinic two weeks ago to quietly consider ways to handle a life change she wasn't ready for. One week later, the 18-year-old lay dying on an emergency room table, the victim of complications after she took the abortion pill.

Patterson's death is likely to reignite the debate surrounding RU-486, the pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration two years ago as a way for women to end pregnancies themselves. Her father is hoping the tragedy will encourage other women considering abortion to seek support, especially from their families.

Every time I think about it, I think, 'She suffered in silence,' said Monty Patterson, who said he did not know his daughter was pregnant or taking abortion drugs. 'She felt she would disappoint everyone around her, and then she had to carry that whole load. I wish she could have told me so I could have helped her.'

Holly Patterson, who lived in the San Francisco suburb of Livermore, visited a Planned Parenthood clinic Sept. 10 to take the pill. She followed the prescribed procedure for using RU-486, taking two more pills at home three days later. After experiencing bleeding and cramps so severe that she was unable to walk, her boyfriend rushed her to the hospital the following evening, where she was given painkillers and sent home. Three nights later, she was back in the hospital. She died the following day."

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