Swallowing the pill

Many people expect mifepristone, or RU 486, the abortion-inducing drug just approved by the Federal Drug Administration (it will be marketed as Mifeprex), to usher in a new era in abortion history. By making abortion more accessible (mifepristone can be prescribed by almost any family practitioner) and more private (the drug can possibly be taken at home), the abortion pill will—so it’s thought—drastically alter and defuse the abortion debate. Those seeking abortions will no longer need to locate specialized clinics, and those opposed to abortion will no longer have obvious targets for their protests. Abortion will become an ever more normal part of American life. This is the scenario that many have dreamed of and many others have dreaded.


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