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Abortion PillAbortion pill term papers report that more recent than the partial birth abortion issue and even more likely to draw distinct political and moral platforms is the controversy surrounding the abortion pill, RU-486. The RU-486 pill is a French invention that has been used for more than twenty years to prompt spontaneous abortion in women throughout several European countries. The RU-486 pill, not unlike traditional methods of abortion, has both provoked controversy and delineated political and moral postures in this country.
Morals and the Abortion PillWhile the partial birth abortion method has generated political controversy in the recent past, the abortion pill has had the potential to sway the political outcomes of this year’s Presidential elections, especially as moral issues in today’s society play a crucial part in politics. In spite of its rather demure emergence and validation by the Federal Food and Drug Administration, there are those constituents that have followed its entry into the United States.
It should be noted that during his term, President George Bush Sr. banned the pill’s entry into the states, suggesting that it had not been adequately tested and could pose health risks to the American women that used it. Former Presidential Democratic nominee Al Gore supported the availability of the procedure and “has said that he would support a woman’s right to choose abortion and that he would not block the sale of RU-486 if it meets FDA standards”. Pro-life advocate, George W. Bush Jr., on the other hand, is a strong abortion opponent “except in instances of rape, incest and when the mother’s life is in danger and opposes the sale or use of RU-486.”
The abortion pill, also known as Mifeprex, was created a way for women to prevent pregnancy or to end an early pregnancy. In many states, females under the age of 18 years must obtain parental consent to take the pill. Since its invention, the abortion pill has undergone a tremendous amount of scrutiny and controversy. Opponents of the abortion pill and legalizing abortion feel as though it is unethical and unsafe. This is mostly because it can be used by any female, under any circumstance, without the assistance of a medical professional. Planned Parenthood reports that the abortion pill is safe for women as long as it is consumed as directed, and provides many benefits to women and society.
Politics and the Abortion PillAny decision made by either candidate in the position of President concerning the abortion pill has the potential to either uphold the Roe vs. Wade decision or impair it. While impairment to the Roe versus Wade decision could only come in the way of appointing partisan influences in the positions of FDA commissioner and secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, it is an achievable possibility.
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Health Canada apologizes for blundering over existence of RU-486 application
by Peter Baklinski
Thu Jan 09 3:03 PM EST
OTTAWA, January 9, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Health Canada has apologized to a parliamentary health committee for giving it misinformation in a November meeting that no application to approve the controversial abortion drug RU-486 (Mifepristone) existed.
“Since my appearance, it has come to my attention that I did not have the correct information”, stated Health Canada’s Deputy Minister George Da Pont to Ben Lobb, chair on the Standing Committee on Health in a January 08 letter obtained by LifeSiteNews.com.
Da Pont had told the health committee in the November 25 meeting that there was no pending application to have RU-486 approved in Canada - on the very same day that the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) published an article stating that such an application existed.
“To date, no company has applied to market the product in Canada”, Da Pont told NDP MP Libby Davies (Vancouver East, BC) when she asked why Health Canada had not yet approved the abortion pill, a drug that she said “provides very safe access for a medical abortion, particularly for women in rural and remote countries.”
After LifeSiteNews.com broke the story of the minister’s conflicting statement, it took almost a month for Health Canada to admit its error.
“I apologize for having misinformed committee members. This was not my intention”, stated Da Pont in the letter.
Health Canada would not give LifeSiteNews information about the name of the pharmaceutical company submitting the RU-486 application, nor the commercial name of the Mifepristone pill it seeks to bring into Canada.
LifeSiteNews.com has yet to obtain the results of a freedom of information request regarding this information filed in December.
Health Canada did say that its scientists are currently conducting a “scientific review” of the abortion drug. If it meets the “requirements of the regulations, an authorization may be issued”.
“All new drug applications are required to meet evidentiary standards demonstrating safety, effectiveness, and quality, including that the benefits outweigh any risks”, it stated.
Da Pont told the health committee back in the above mentioned November meeting that if an application were received, it would “go faster than normal applications” given what he called the drug’s “widespread use, [and] given lots of data from other countries”.
Pro-life groups across the country, including a group of doctors, have condemned the abortion drug for the harm it causes to women — including numerous accounts of death — and for the slow painful death it inflicts on unborn children.
An RU-486 abortion involves a two-drug combination, usually offered to women less than nine weeks pregnant. Mifepristone, a synthetic steroid, blocks the hormone progesterone. This shuts down the woman’s pregnancy-sustaining mechanism with the result that the baby, deprived of necessary life-support, starves to death, and detaches from the uterine wall. Misoprostol, given a day or so later, initiates powerful uterine contractions that cause the woman to expel her dead baby.
A previous Canadian trial of RU-486 was shelved in 2001 after the death of a woman from toxic shock, brought on by a bacterial infection related to the chemical abortion of her child. A 2011 U.S. Food and Drug Administration report found that 14 U.S. women died after taking RU-486.
Campaign Life Coalition, the country’s political arm of the pro-life movement, has launched an online petition to keep the drug out of Canada that will be submitted to the country’s health minister Rona Ambrose. It has been signed by 1831 people as of this writing.
Sign CLC’s anti-RU-486 petition here.