The Alameda County Coroner's Office has confirmed that a therapeutic drug-induced abortion led to the death of an 18-year-old Livermore woman who died Sept. 17.
According to the autopsy report released Friday, Holly Patterson died of septic shock caused by endomyometritis, an inflammation of the uterus. The report says that endomyometritis was caused by a drug-induced abortion.
The teenager's death has become a cause celebre among anti-abortion groups, though her grief-stricken father has not taken a political position.
"I am not putting out a pro-choice or pro-life stand," he explained. "We need to know that drugs are safe, and if they are not safe, do something about it."
Patterson also said he and his wife feel it is their duty to inform other teenagers, young adults and parents about the "grave dangers" of the drug.
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