Thursday, May 18, 2006

Two Views of the Abortion Pill on Capitol Hill

( - A Republican lawmaker convened a hearing Wednesday on RU-486, the abortion-producing drug combination that has been linked to deadly infections in at least eight women. Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) is among those who say the drug is unsafe and should be removed from the market. "It's very clear that there is a serious problem with RU-486, and failing to address this problem by disguising it, ignoring it, minimizing it or causing confusion is a shameful failure for anyone with the ability and desire to protect women from needless harm," Souder said during the hearing. "Any other drug associated with a 100 percent fatal septic infection that kills otherwise healthy adults within days, with no apparent window for treatment, and associated with an exponential amount of severe reactions, would normally prompt an immediate withdrawal so as to permit further study." In 2000, near the end of the Clinton administration, the U.S.

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