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Friday, April 14, 2006

The Abortion Pill

Here is a great post found on Reason.com on the alledy dangers posed by the abortion pill, Ru-486: 

The abortion pill has never made for polite dinner conversation, but the discussion has grown particularly unpleasant since women started dropping dead. In mid-March, citing two new incidents, the FDA put the pill's possible death toll at six.  Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) calls Mifepristone a "deadly drug that kills pregnant women," Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J..) calls it a "a classic case where the politics of abortion has trumped women's health," and American Life League President Julie Brown simply asks "How much longer must we tolerate such insanity?"

Not much longer, if Congressmen in both houses have their way. In March, legislators in both houses revived the RU-486 Suspension and Review Act, a golden oldie from '03, which would force the FDA to withdraw the drug.

The debate has carried the rhetoric of a public health scare into the abortion debate, but the battle lines are etched into familiar ideological territory. Touting the drug's toxicity are abortion opponents, while Planned Parenthood swears by its safety. Both sides are accusing the other of mixing morals and medicine: Abortion opponents say that if the drug were not a P.C. touchstone, it would have been yanked years ago, while pro-choicers claim the religious right's concern for women's health is pure smokescreen.

The entire article is worth a read.  I really dislike all the politcs that seem to outweigh the science in the health arena these days.  Thanks to the Washington Monthly for the heads up on this post. [bm]

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