by Joanna Moorhead
FRANCE'S decision to ban certain women from taking the abortion pill will give added impetus to the campaign to stop its introduction into Britain, pro-lifers said this week.
Nuala Scarisbrick, national administrator of Life, said the campaign against the drug, which recently received renewed backing from Cardinal Hume, was already extensive. The pill, RU486, has been on the French market for two years, but was banned there last week for heavy smokers or women over 35 after a 31-year-old who smoked heavily died of a heart attack following an abortion procured in this way.
Tony Eaton of Roussel Laboratories, the UK company which hopes to market the drug in this country, said the Frenchwoman's death "was one in 70,000". It had been caused by the follow-up dose of prostaglandin rather than RU486, he said, and prostaglandin would be administered in a different way in Britain than it was in France.