Page 3, 9th January 1987

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Abortion pill fight

A NEW French-made pill which can cause abortion up to eight weeks after conception will be the target of legal battles and pressure campaigns mounted by LIFE, warned a spokesman for the national anti abortion organisation last week.

The new abortion pill, RU-486, is an anti-progesterone drug, which has been tested on 400 women in Europe and 40 in Edinburgh. The new pill does not prevent fertilisation within the uterus but actually causes the uterus to "close-up", thus expelling the foetus.

LIFE campaigners said they will "use every legal weapon in the book to prevent use in England" of the pill. Should the LIFE ban against the pill fail, organisation spokesman said they would "take every opportunity to ensure that the use of the pill is tightly controlled by the law."

A number of resolutions for the legal battle against the RU-486 pill have already been drawn up by the national antiabortion movement, and were issued in a press release last month. The recommendations include a new set of safeguards to supplement the Abortion Act of 1967 with specific regard to the new abortifacient.

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