I resent it when people present the very early interruption of
pregnancy as killing a baby, morally or physically. I think it's a
crime to say that.
Etienne-Emile Baulieu, inventor of the RU-486 abortion pill.
RU-486 is properly called an 'abortifacient.' Because it is a drug
that can induce a menstrual period after the implantation of a
fertilized egg in the uterus, it can terminate a woman's pregnancy in
its earliest stages.
National Abortion Rights Action League.
An early abortion pill will be a boon to poor women in developing
countries. More than 250,000 women die every year all over the world
from botched illegal abortions, and most of these deaths will be averted
by the advent of a safe and legal abortion pill. In addition, the
abortion pill could simply end the need for surgical abortion in
developed countries like the United States.
The History of RU-486.
Dreams of an 'Ultimate Pill.'
The lives of unborn children used to mean something to our society
and to the producers of the old "high-dose" birth control
pill. The pharmaceutical companies actually went out of their way to
avoid killing preborn babies as they concocted their chemical mixtures.
However, as national morals loosened, especially after abortion was
legalized in the United States, there was simply no need to consider the
effects of various "birth control" methods on the life of the
developing human being. The only criterion that mattered was the health
of the mother.
And so, the ideal "contraceptive" gradually evolved into a
device or drug that would not only prevent ovulation and fertilization,
but eliminate early pregnancies as well. A quarter-century ago, Garrett
Hardin and other population theorists were dreaming of such a major
"contraceptive" of the future, which would most likely take
the form of an abortifacient pill.
The Origin of the Pill.
The manufacturer of the abortion pill Mifepristone (originally
labeled ZK 95.890, but now classified as Roussel-Uclaf 38486, or RU-486
for short) is the French company Groupe Roussel-Uclaf, a subsidiary of
the West German pharmaceutical company Hoechst. The inventor of the
death pill is Etienne-Emile Baulieu of France's National Institute of
Health and Medical Research.
An affiliate of Roussel-Uclaf, Hoechst-Roussel Pharmaceuticals of
Somerville, New Jersey, holds the option rights for the drug in the
United States, but has declined so far to introduce RU-486 to this
country. Hoechst-Roussel is a part of Hoechst Celanese, a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Hoechst AG. Celanese has average annual sales of $1.7
The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently conducting detailed
tests with RU-486 and a similar drug, ZK 98.734, produced by Schering
AG. It is obvious that WHO would have no particular interest in
RU-486 unless the pill would aid its population control programs. Dr.
Baulieu has cited his own concern about the "complications of
overpopulation" as one of the reasons he developed the abortion
First the Jews, Now the Unborn.
It is a little-known but heavily ironic fact that Hoechst changed its
name after World War II from its previous title of "I.G. Farben."
It took this extraordinary action primarily in an attempt to shake its
loathsome reputation. I.G. Farben made a tidy profit during the war from
the manufacture of the cyanide gas Zyklon-B, used to exterminate the
Jews in the 'showers' of the Nazi concentration camps! Now Farben's
descendant will make millions by exterminating preborn babies.
Ironically, the pill's inventor, Etienne-Emile Baulieu, is Jewish. He
was born in 1926 to a doctor named Leon Blum, and changed his name in
1942, presumably to avoid being killed by the Zyklon-B gas manufactured
by the same company he works for today.
Just as I.G. Farben said that Zyklon-B would make it easier and less
painful to exterminate Jews, Roussel-Uclaf now insists that RU-486 will
make it easier to kill the preborn.
When will we ever learn our lessons from history?
On September 23, 1988, the French government, which just happens to
own 36.25 percent of Roussel's stock, approved distribution of the
abortion pill on the condition that it be administered only in approved
medical centers and only until the seventh week of pregnancy. The
manufacturer was immediately swamped with tens of thousands of pro-life
protest letters, and more than 20,000 French pro-life activists marched
in Paris streets in opposition to the pill.
Distribution is Temporarily Suspended.
For months, Dr. Edouard Sakiz, Roussel-Uclaf chairman, watched
pickets outside his window at work. Pro-lifers publicly condemned his
new product as "a chemical weapon that would poison the still-tiny
children of a billion Third World mothers." Jean-Marie Cardinal
Lustiger, Archbishop of Paris, condemned the pill as being
"extremely dangerous," both physically and morally.
On October 26, 1988, about one month after government approval of the
pill, Roussel-Uclaf suspended distribution in China and France because
of the "outcry of public opinion at home and abroad." Andre
Ullman of Roussel-Uclaf, who helped develop the pill, said that a
boycott figured heavily in the company's decision to stop making the
The predictable backlash from the left wing was incredibly vehement,
even by its low standards. Faye Wattleton, former president of the
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, squawked that the suspension
was "... a tragic display of cowardice and a shocking blow to women
around the world."
Liberation, France's largest left-wing daily newspaper, sneered
at the Catholic Church in its front-page article entitled "The Diktat
of the Bigots." The political weekly L'Evenement du Jeudi
sniveled about "... the brutal return of the Inquisition." The
French Family Planning Movement (including, of course, Planned
Parenthood) trotted out their usual mix of tired slogans and twisted
grammar to condemn "... this new assault by conservative religious
forces. After having set the fires of intolerance with the Scorcese film
["The Last Temptation of Christ"], the traditionalists and
Catholic reactionaries now want to impose their reactionary laws on
Meanwhile, Baulieu was whipping up support for his death pill at the
World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Rio de Janeiro before
9,500 doctors and researchers. He denounced Roussel-Uclaf and called the
decision to stop making the pill "morally scandalous," a
description that amused many French pro-lifers. Apparently, Baulieu has
no problem at all engineering the deaths of millions. According to him,
this genocide is perfectly legal and moral.
In a later article in the New York Times Magazine, Baulieu,
making expert use of pro-abortion Newspeak, whined that "I resent
it when people present the very early interruption of pregnancy as
killing a baby, morally or physically. I think it's a crime to say
And, in best pro-abortion "personally opposed" rhetoric,
the man who might become responsible for more deaths than any other
person in history said that "I don't like abortion and I don't like
talking about it. I am a physician and would rather talk about saving
life. I am not really for abortion, I am for women."
The Government Steps In.
Then, on October 29, 1988, the French press reported that the
government ordered the company to resume distribution of the death pill.
Health Minister Claude Evin, quoting France's 1975 law legalizing
abortion, stated that the pill was "the moral property of the women
of France." Evin had invoked, for the very first time, a 1968
French law that allows the government to directly intervene when the
"interests of public health" are endangered. Evin simpered
that "I was doing what I could to make sure France did not
surrender to pressure groups animated by archaic ideologies" [such
The press lied about this incident, saying that the French government
demanded that Roussel resume distribution of the pill. In reality, the
government merely requested the company to resume distribution.
In the interest of fairness, however, it must be noted that the
'request' was coercive Roussel-Uclaf would lose its license to
manufacture the pill to another company if it did not comply with the
Baulieu, the killer pill's inventor, was now in the spotlight and
mindlessly vomited the usual pro-death lies. "One hundred and fifty
thousand women die annually from botched abortions. RU-486 could save
the lives of thousands of women," he parroted. When asked for
documentation, Baulieu simply ignored the questions in the pro-abort
manner easily recognized all over the world.
Incredibly, pro-abortion groups even began to promote Baulieu for a
Nobel Prize nomination! It would be interesting indeed to see how the
Nobel Committee would justify elevating Baulieu to the same stature as
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who labors to save life rather than destroy
it, and who condemned abortion during her Nobel Prize acceptance
This dramatic move by the French government relieved Roussel-Uclaf of
any responsibility for its actions, and company spokesmen merely
shrugged their shoulders and said, in effect, "What can we do? The
government has ordered us to continue." This total lack of
resistance to government intrusion into its affairs made it quite plain
that Roussel-Uclaf welcomed the diversion of attention and the shifting
of moral responsibility to the French government so that it could get on
with mass production of its astronomically profitable killing pill.
The Usual Slogans from the United States.
The invention of the abortion pill caused great excitement among
pro-abortion groups in the United States. Several groups whose sole or
primary purpose was to propagandize the public soon sprang up, including
Every Child a Wanted Child (California) and the Reproductive Health
Technologies Project (Washington, D.C.).
When the French government ordered the continued production of the
pill, Kate Michelman of the United States National Abortion Rights
Action League, attempting to cram as many trite slogans as possible into
a single sentence, enthused that "The French government has taken a
strong stand against intolerance and in favor of the health of women. We
support this action and the message it sends to those who seek to impose
their will on all of us."
Roussel-Uclaf spokesmen have insisted that the product was not
intended to be a morning-after pill. Those familiar with the
pro-abortion mentality know for certain that it indeed will become a
morning-after pill, a convenient birth control method for women who
don't want to be subject to the side effects of the regular birth
control pill. After all, more than one-third of all women who get
surgical abortions now use no method of contraception whatever!
The Situation in 1990.
A total of 793 French clinics were initially authorized to use the
abortion pill. The cost for an RU-486 abortion was about $256, eighty
percent of which was borne by the Socialist government.
However, Roussel-Uclaf initially distributed the pill only in France
and the People's Republic of China, because the company leadership was
not eager to start a worldwide debate. In reality, they were
particularly concerned about the financial muscle of American pro-life
The Archbishop of Lyon, Cardinal Albert Decourtray, summed up the
feelings of Christians everywhere neatly as he said that "The pill
now produces a process which allows abortion to seem like a
contraceptive. In other words, it tends purely and simply to numb the
conscience about both the act itself and its moral gravity. A follower
of Christ cannot accept it."
In November of 1988, the Vatican clarified its definition of abortion
to include the use of drugs like RU-486, which are used specifically to
kill the unborn child. Such use, they said, is an excommunicable offense
for Catholics, the same as procuring a surgical 'elective' abortion. For
further information on this position, read Chapter 43, "Catholic
Church Position on Abortion."
How the Abortion Pill
As an antiprogestin agent, RU-486 has properties that might offer
theoretical value in Cushing's Disease (an adrenal disorder),
meningioma (a largely benign brain tumor), and breast cancer, but
despite some of the recent hype, studies to date have failed to show
any benefit whatsoever in any of these conditions.
Canadian neurologist Paul Ranalli.
All abortion pills that have been investigated to date employ or
imitate progesterone, the hormone that signals the uterus to become
receptive to the fertilized egg.
For example, the best-known abortion pill RU-486 contains a
progesterone analogue (imposter) that 'plugs in' to the uterine
progesterone receptors, but does not deliver the message that
progesterone is supposed to transfer naturally. These hormone impostors
are commonly labeled 'anti-hormones.'
Once the anti-hormone has occupied the progesterone receptors, the
fertilized ovum is denied attachment and simply starves for want of
nutrients and oxygen. The ovum is expelled after several days.
Most abortion pills, including RU-486, are about 80 percent
'effective' when used by themselves, and about 95 percent effective when
accompanied by one or two subsequent injections of synthetic
prostaglandin E or Sulprotone. The abortion pills are primarily intended
for use on babies of less than five weeks gestation, and their killing
efficiency decreases dramatically past seven weeks' gestation.
Naturally, pro-abortionists know that the RU-486 pill is a true
abortifacient and, in fact, that it was designed to be a true
abortifacient. However, they recognize the value in lying to the public
about the intended effects of the pill, because they know that the
public is much more comfortable with contraception than it is with
Lying to the public has always been a favorite strategy of the
pro-abortionists, as revealed by the National Abortion Federation in an
article entitled "Successful Strategies: Managing the Media;"
"When polls have been conducted on RU-486, the new French Pill, the
results very depending on how the question is asked. If RU-486 is
referred to as an "abortion pill," it has significantly less
support than if it is called a new form of birth control. In many polls,
the description can change support by as much as 15-20 points and
determine if a majority of those polled are in favor of the
The pro-abortion forces who would like to bring the anti-baby pill to
this country are employing the old "bait and switch" tactic as
one of their methods. They insist that the pill will cure a wide range
of ills, and that is why they really want to bring it to the
United States, and, of course, that is why no reasonable person
would want to oppose it.
For example, Dr. Louise Tyrer, Vice-President of Medical Affairs for
the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, asserted that "We
must fight to ensure that scientific progress and the right to practice
medicine in the best interest of our patients is not stifled by the
ideological perspectives of a few who would force their moral views on
the rest of the world."
At a House subcommittee hearing on November 19, 1990, pro-abortion
researchers cited a long list of ailments that could supposedly be cured
or ameliorated by the drug: AIDS, cancers of the breast and ovaries,
Cushing's Syndrome, brain and prostate cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis,
hypertension, and even obesity. Naturally, they made no mention of the
abortifacient character of the pill.
The RU-486 pushers never state categorically that the pill is useful
in treating other illnesses, because no researcher has ever provided a
bit of evidence or written any paper showing that RU-486 is any good for
anything other than destroying unborn babies. So the pushers take
advantage of emotion and hint around, loading their sentences with
enough disclaimers as to make them scientifically worthless, such as
"... which suggests that RU-486 may have potential
value in AIDS."
These claims are so spurious, and the propaganda so transparent, that
even committed pro-abortionists are voicing their opposition to RU-486.
For example, three women professors have extensively documented the
dangers of RU-486 and the claims of efficacy against various diseases,
and conclude that "These claims have an all-too-wondrous ring of
promise subsequently turned peril." Their book, entitled RU 486:
Misconceptions, Myths, and Morals, also describe how the abortion
pill increases instead of decreases physician control and how it is
dumped on Third World women.
Pro-lifers must not be fooled by the typical anti-life lies about the
abortion pill. The pro-aborts obviously could not care less about other
alleged uses of the pill. Otherwise, they would have been involved in
fighting other diseases long ago. Their sole purpose in bringing RU-486
to the United States is to promote abortion by making baby-killing even
more private and difficult to oppose than it is now.
The Abortion Pill
Upjohn, the king of the New Abortionists, originally marketed three
Prostin products which had only one use: to abort women in their second
trimester. Prostin F2 Alpha was injected directly into the bag of waters
to induce miscarriage. Prostin E2 was a suppository. Prostin 15M was an
All three Prostins induced miscarriage, and Upjohn was seriously
considering research into an abortion pill. However, the Prostins had
severe side effects, including uterine rupture, and so their use was
limited in favor of the saline ("salting out") abortion
technique, which is itself rapidly falling out of favor.
The National Right to Life Committee has maintained a rigorous
boycott of Upjohn since the company introduced these products in the
early 1970s. Partially as a result of this boycott and the accompanying
adverse publicity, Upjohn has suspended research and development of an
"improved" prostaglandin, and Prostin F2 Alpha has been
removed from the market. Prostin E2 and Prostin 15M, however, are still
Winthrop Sterling of New York City, owned by Eastman Kodak, was in
the preliminary stages of abortion pill development, but after
evaluating the effects of boycotts and national publicity upon the
Upjohn Company, decided to place research on its product on permanent
Cytotec is the newest abortion pill on the market. It is a
prostaglandin drug used for ulcers, but it also causes miscarriage in
about ten percent of all pregnant women who use it.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its use
in December of 1988 for the prevention of stomach ulcers caused by other
drugs. If Searle determines with further study that Cytotec is an
effective abortifacient, it may decide to pursue research and
development of a single-purpose abortion-causing pill.
This company manufactures the abortion pill RU-486. This pill
represents the greatest threat of all to the unborn, because it has been
extensively tested on French and Chinese women, and physicians and
Neofeminist groups are pushing vigorously to have it distributed all
over the world. Because of the threat it poses, the rest of this chapter
is devoted to the RU-486 abortion pill.
According to Dr. C. Wayne Bardin of the Population Council, no other
companies have expressed a desire to import or manufacture any other
abortion pill, probably because of the strength of the U.S. pro-life
movement. But it is a safe bet that the pro-aborts will continue to push
harder and harder for the pill in this country.
The Side Effects of the
Three Weeks or Bust.
There has been much dispute over when the RU-486 abortion pill begins
to lose its killing power.
According to a September 29, 1989 New York Times article,
"RU-486 starts losing effectiveness after six weeks of
pregnancy." This, of course, is when most women are beginning to
wonder if they are pregnant. In his March 1990 American Health
interview, Dr. Baulieu confirmed that the drug's optimum use is
"within three weeks of a missed period."
This means that women will inevitably take the drug as a
"morning-after pill" or as a monthly insurance policy, and
will therefore suffer enhanced and more severe side effects.
What Are These Side Effects?
It is quite obvious, because of its very nature, that RU-486 will
cause serious health problems for women. The "old" high-dosage
birth control pills (described in Chapter 31) caused a myriad of serious
side effects, and those pills merely suppressed ovulation. It
takes little imagination to conjure up visions of what the much more
powerful RU-486 may do. All test reports written so far document severe
bleeding, cramping, nausea, and vomiting.
Dr. Frank Young, head of the Food and Drug Administration, wrote in a
June 9, 1989 letter to Rep. Robert Dornan (R-Cal) that RU-486 "...
has potential side effects such as uterine bleeding, severe nausea,
vomiting and weakness, which might require prompt medical
Just three days earlier, the FDA had issued an "import
alert" that instructed its regional officers to seize any imported
RU-486 pills not being used strictly for research purposes.
It is also significant that the chemical composition of RU-486 is
similar to DES (diethylstilbestrol), which caused reproductive system
malformations and sterility in the female children of women who took it
(giving rise to the term "DES daughters").
Of course, none of the reports written about the abortion pill
mention the ultimate psychological trauma that they will cause. No
longer will the abortionists be able to soothe women with gentle talk of
"products of conception" that are ushered quickly and quietly
out of their sight before they are even seen.
When a woman now cramps, bleeds, and delivers her tiny baby into her
own hands, she will instantly know the truth. And the truth will hit her
like a sledgehammer.
Side Effects on Preborn Babies.
The abortion pill's sole purpose is to kill preborn babies. According
to Dr. Baulieu, the RU-486 pill proved 95.5% "effective" at
destroying preborn babies during tests administered to 4,000 pregnant
French women when given in tandem with prostaglandins.
However, the drug apparently has severe impacts on babies that it
does not kill. Andre Ullman of Roussel's Medical Laboratories reported
one instance where a woman had taken RU-486, had not aborted, and then
changed her mind and wanted to keep the baby. She went into premature
labor and delivered a severely deformed stillborn child at 6 month's
This means that surgical abortion will not disappear from the medical
scene if RU-486 becomes widely distributed. Analysts on both sides of
the issue agree that abortions in this country will nearly double if the
ordeal of surgical abortion is largely removed. Assuming that two
million RU-486 abortions take place every year, a 5% failure rate means
that there will be a hundred thousand poor little deformed preborn
babies every year that will still have to be disposed of by the sharp
knives of the abortionists.
Precautions With Use.
Pro-lifers consider it very significant that even most pro-abortion
experts consider RU-486 much too dangerous for use without proper
In April of 1989, Roussel sent a letter to all French abortionists
acknowledging the risks associated with RU-486. This directive
instituted stricter controls and procedures regarding its use, and urged
all abortionists to install cardiac resuscitation equipment in every one
of the clinics where RU-486 is administered. These precautions were due
to the fact that at least one woman had died of cardiac arrest
immediately after taking the drug.
The letter cited a 9.5% complication rate among the 33,000 women who
had been aborted with the pill. These effects included pelvic pain,
weakness, nausea, vomiting, headache, and dizziness.
A simultaneous Roussel release stated that the company had decided
not to sell RU-486 to the People's Republic of China because the
country's "medical facilities are too primitive" and were
"not equipped to distribute it safely."
However, Eleanor Smeal, former president of the National Organization
for Women (NOW), boldly displayed the blithe pro-abortion contempt for
scientific evidence by proclaiming "our reading of the scientific
data shows that there are essentially no side effects" related to
RU-486. As Abraham Lincoln once said, "It's hard to see the
truth through a gold eagle [a $20 coin]."
Dr. Baulieu has said that the abortion pill provides "immense
hope" for third-world women. These are the poor women who will
inevitably fulfill their ignorant dual role as guinea pigs and
profitable dumping grounds for contraceptives and abortifacients (such
as the old high-dose birth control pills and many IUDs) that are
considered simply too risky for use by women in the United States.
What RU-486 Means to the
Since evil people tend to remain mired in evil due to their almost
limitless spiritual inertia, abortionists will remain abortionists, and
abortions will still go on. The killers favor the abortion pill for
(1) Their fees for an abortion will not decrease. Their charge for
two or three office visits will be equal to or greater than the
current cost of a surgical abortion. In fact, with the specter of
surgical abortion all but eradicated, women will inevitably relax
their vigilance in using more traditional methods of contraception.
The number of abortions past five weeks gestation could more than
double to more than three million annually!
(2) Privacy for the abortionist and the aborter will be total. It
will be difficult if not impossible for pro-life activists to discover
who is prescribing the pill. This means that rescue missions, sidewalk
counseling, and picketing will all be rendered useless (or so the
pro-aborts think), to be replaced with pro-life intelligence missions
and infiltration tactics.
(3) No longer will abortionists have to endure the psychological
trauma of seeing the dead babies that result from surgical abortion.
The women will endure this trauma entirely by themselves as they
deliver their tiny dead babies into their own hands at home.
RU-486 Availability in the
The killing pill is not yet available for distribution in the United
States, although it is being tested in California. However, if RU-486 is
finally approved for consumption by the Food and Drug Administration, it
is expected that no large pharmaceutical companies will touch it,
because they simply have too many financial assets to lose. For example,
the Upjohn Company dropped its Prostin abortion-pill development program
in 1983, primarily due to a pro-life boycott.
But this doesn't mean that the pro-aborts are giving up. They have
pressured the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), which subsequently
urged Congress to pass a national product-liability law which would
protect drug companies from liability from injuries caused by drugs like
We might ask ourselves: Why is this type of skulduggery needed if the
abortion pill is safe especially when the NAS identifies one of the
prime targets of the abortion pill teenaged girls as an especially
And so, the pro-aborts will probably market the abortion pill through
a very small company with few assets, established specifically so it can
collapse with little loss when the inevitable avalanche of damage
lawsuits hit (the identical strategy now being used to reintroduce the
IUD). And when this first small company folds, another will take its
place, and then another ...
Predictably, non-profit pro-death groups from the most morally
degenerate developed countries (the United States, England and Sweden)
are holding talks with Roussel-Uclaf in an attempt to purchase case lots
of the pill at minimum cost so that they can be widely distributed. Such
a non-profit group in the United States would attempt to conduct its
operations away from the public eye (standard devious pro-abortion
practice), so as not to generate too much opposition. This group would
have to get the pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration, an
unlikely possibility until at least the mid-1990s in view of the current
political climate in this country.
The Media Beats the Drum.
Marie Bass, former political director of the National Abortion Rights
Action League, and Joanne Howes, former Planned Parenthood chief
Washington lobbyist, have assembled a five-fold media strategy to get
the media to accept RU-486. They formed an explicitly pro-abortion
lobbying and propaganda organization entitled the "Reproductive
Health Technology Project," whose purpose was to collect and
distribute only favorable information on the abortion pill. They
developed and disseminated a high-powered press kit that included sample
charts and graphs and photos. Reporter Charles Durran described these as
"Those press kits were impressive. In fact, they were a lazy
reporter's gold mine. Everything you needed for a really fantastic story
or a series of stories was right there at your fingertips. I don't think
I've ever seen anything like it."
FIVE-PART BASS & HOWES STRATEGY FOR MEDIA ACCEPTANCE OF RU-486
(1) "Emphasize the possibility that the drug could very well
end the whole public abortion struggle by making clinic protests
(2) "Emphasize the dearth of other contraceptive options
available particularly in comparison with what is available in other
parts of the world."
(3) "Emphasize the issues of privacy, ease, safety, choice,
and freedom, rather than of abortion and politics."
(4) "Emphasize the possibility of other medical benefits of
the drug, such as treatment of breast cancer and Cushings
(5) "Emphasize the threat to the freedom of ongoing medical
research that a rejection of the drug might bring."
Reference. This strategy is described in
George Grant. "Media Bias and Abortion." Legacy,
October 1991, page 1. Newsletter of Legacy Communications, Post Office
Box 680365, Franklin, Tennessee 37068.
This set of instructions to the media apparently worked very well. A
survey of more than two hundred magazine and newspaper articles on
RU-486 during the time period 1989-1990 showed that only 9 percent
mentioned any of the pill's numerous and serious complications or side
effects; 8 percent quoted any pro-life experts or sources; and a full 96
percent cast the pill in a very favorable lights.
Bass said that "Press coverage really is good, if you think
about it sometimes I worry that it's almost too good."
Another tactic used by the pro-aborts to advance a cause is to confer
upon each other 'prestigious' awards. This deception looks good to the
public eye until examined closely.
In September of 1989, Baulieu was named one of six recipients of the
Albert Lasker Medical Research Award, which the September 28, 1989 New
York Times labeled "one of the most prestigious" medical
awards in existence.
The real reason this award was made was soon revealed: Deeda Blair, a
Lasker Foundation vice president, said in the November 1989 issue of Vanity
Fair, "That's the purpose of giving awards: to call attention
to an advance."
The Devil and his slaves never rest, so pro-lifers must remain
eternally and relentlessly vigilant.
Birth Control = Abortion?
Planned Parenthood trotted out yet another of their doctored public
opinion polls which 'showed' that 59 percent of adults in the United
States approve of RU-486. Predictably, in keeping with PP's standard
deceptive tactics, it conveniently 'forgot' to mention in their poll how
RU-486 works. PP merely described it as a safe, new type of birth
The final result of all of this pro-abortion deviousness, of course,
will be that women will be genuinely damaged by the abortion pill
because they think it is merely a safe contraceptive. Then, they will be
left out in the cold because they will be unable to recover actual or
This decisively demonstrates just how much these companies (and the
pro-aborts) really care about women.
There is no question that a market for the pill exists in the United
States. In fact, a large quantity of RU-486 could be used in
school-based sex clinics. In the December 22, 1986 edition of the Boston
Globe, Dr. Allen Rosenfield, chairman of Planned Parenthood's board
of directors, exulted that "RU-486 is a major step forward for
teenagers ... If girls who suspect they are pregnant could come to a
clinic for a pill when their period is late, they would probably show up
a lot earlier than they do now. Most current restrictions, such as
parental notification laws, would be unenforceable."
This quote shows that your school-aged daughters are the most
accessible and obvious targets for these killing pills. Teenagers are
easily intimidated by medical authority and will be easy prey for the
sex clinic strategists, who have already stated that they intend to
ignore parental consent or notification laws.
The Black Market.
The FDA Roadblock.
Observers on both sides of the abortion issue agree that it could be
years before RU-486 or other abortion pills are commercially available
in the United States. This is because any drug manufacturer would have
to pass the stringent standards of the United States Food and Drug
Administration standards that are much stricter than those in France or
China. Additionally, most companies don't want to spend the $50 million
to $100 million required to test and market a major new drug, without
first knowing that FDA approval is certain.
The drug manufacturers clearly recognize the potential dangers of the
RU-486 pill. If the drug does enter the market here, it will probably be
sold by a very small company with small assets that could be sacrificed
without much harm to the unscrupulous sponsors, much in the same manner
as the proposed reintroduction of the IUD. Such an arrangement would
guarantee that women damaged by the abortion pill could never recover
even their actual damages.
Even now, American women who want to kill their own children are
contacting French doctors through their own physicians to get the drug.
It is certain that many women will travel from France to the United
States with the drug, since only 10 percent of all illegal drugs in
small doses are detected by immigration officials. As pro-abortion U.S.
Representative Nancy Johnson (R.-Conn.) recently said, "If you can
smuggle in cocaine, there is absolutely no way that women in America are
not going to get those drugs, legally or illegally."
However, few women can afford to travel to France just to pick up a
killing pill, so it is expected that a thriving black market will spring
up. If RU-486 or an analog is produced privately, it would become simply
an alternative type of back-alley abortion. Even Dr. Baulieu admits that
"A black market would be disastrous."
Due to its inherent limitations, it hardly matters whether the
abortion pill is legal or illegal in this country; unless women
individually stockpile the pill ahead of time, they will be hard-pressed
to use it in a proper manner. To begin with, most women don't even know
they are pregnant until they are three or four weeks into their
pregnancy. Most women would not even know where to look for RU-486 pills
unless they were hard-core anti-life activists or had other arcane
Assuming they successfully overcome all obstacles and finally get
their hands on the pills, most pregnant women will be long past the
recommended usage time of seven weeks. If these women get black market
pills, they will ingest them past their effective deadline of seven
weeks without the accompanying prostaglandins, and without the proper
medical supervision recommended by the pill's manufacturer. The result
will almost certainly be an 'effectiveness' rate of less than 50
Finally, the shelf life of RU-486 and other drugs, because of the
active hormones they contain, will be relatively short — approximately one year. The abortion
pill's effectiveness drops sharply after its shelf life expires.
This means that those women who do not successfully kill their babies
will have to make the long and lonely trek to the abortion mill after
all. If they have a change of heart and decide to keep their babies,
there is no way of telling what damage or deformities will have been
wrought upon their babies during the attempted killing.
Play it Yet Again, Sam.
Only one thing is certain in the abortion pill debate: if there is a
black market, there are sure to be lurid headlines about women dying
from the illegal use of RU-486, and there will just as certainly be the
same shrill calls for legalization of the death pill that there were for
abortion in the first place.
The drug might be approved for use in the United States for such
purposes as relaxing the birth canal for labor, or for the treatment of
some forms of breast cancer and endometriosis, which is the
third-leading cause of infertility among women in the United States.
This means that doctors, if they have the drug, will be able to
prescribe it for any reason they desire including abortions. This is why
the National Right to Life Committee wants to keep the drug out of the
country entirely they are intimately familiar with the abortionist's
utter lack of ethics.
Is This the End for the Pro-Life Movement?
The abortion pill's chemical composition is rather simple, and
therefore would be relatively easy for a well-equipped private
laboratory to reproduce. Free of quality control, these private labs may
churn out pills of dubious quality that may have even more profound side
effects upon women than RU-486 and this is bound to happen whether or
not the United States legalizes the abortion pill.
Therefore, within a few years, pro-lifers will be fighting the wide
distribution of some form of abortion pill, whether or not the pill is
Faye Wattleton, former director of the Planned Parenthood Federation
of America, once again publicly flaunted her profound ignorance of the
pro-life movement and its philosophy as she said "The
right-to-lifers are fighting the last gasp. If these drugs get to the
market, it is really all over."
Wattleton is wrong, of course. Pro-life activists will continue to
fight for the lives of the preborn. Every type of death pill is so
dangerous that they all require at least four doctor-supervised visits.
Our current abortion mills will simply 're-tool' in order to administer
the pills. Pro-lifers will continue to rescue, picket, and sidewalk
counsel at these death camps, and will probably reach even more women,
since twice as many visits are required than for a surgical abortion.
And so, the situation (and the players) will remain exactly
This will be especially true if the pill remains illegal for use in
this country. Due to the difficulties that women will have in obtaining
and using the drug, many will still resort to surgical abortion.
And, of course, the eternal moral battle will continue until the end
References: The Abortion Pill.
 Etienne-Emile Baulieu, inventor of the RU-486 abortion pill,
quoted in the New York Times Magazine. Described in the American
Family Association Journal, May 1989, page 8.
 National Abortion Rights Action League "Factsheet"
quoted in "From the Horse's Mouth." National Right to Life
News, February 12, 1990, page 13.
 Garrett Hardin. "The History and Future of Birth
Control." Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. Autumn 1966.
 Joan Batista. "Abortion Pill is No Panacea." Against
the Current, July/August 1990, pages 11 to 14.
 "RU-486: Major Topic at Conference." WomenWise
(newsletter of the New Hampshire Feminist Women's Health Centers),
 Diana Geddes. "French Catholics Take a Beating On Abortion
Pill." National Catholic Register, November 13, 1988, page
 New York Woman, May 1990.
 As described in Dianne Pomon. "RU-486." Voices for
the Unborn (Feasterville, Pennsylvania), August 1990, pages 7 and
 Quoted in National Catholic Register. "France Orders
Subsidies for RU-486 Abortion Pill." April 1, 1990, page 2.
 Canadian neurologist Paul Ranalli. "The Appalling Ordeal of
Abortion By Pill." Toronto Globe and Mail, August 28, 1992,
 National Abortion Federation. Abortion: Moral Choice and
Medical Imperative. "Abortion Practice Advancement, Sixteenth
Annual Meeting Workbook, April 13-14, 1992, San Diego, California."
Page 133, "Successful Strategies: Managing the Media."
 Louise B. Tyrer, M.D., Vice-President of Medical Affairs for the
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, New York. "Update on
RU-486." The American Journal of Gynecologic Health.
 Bernard Nathanson, M.D. "Beyond 'Abortion:' RU-486 and the
Needs of the Crisis Constituency." Bernadell Technical Bulletin,
November 1990. Pages 1 to 3.
 William Regelson, M.D., Roger Loria, Ph.D., and Mohammed Kalimi,
Ph.D. Journal of the American Medical Association, August 22 to
29, 1990. Pages 1,026 to 1,027.
 Janice Raymond, professor of Women's Studies and Medical Ethics
and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Renate Klein, lecturer in
Women's Studies at Deakin University, Australia; and Lynette J. Dumble,
Senior Research Fellow in the University of Melbourne's Department of
Surgery. RU 486: Misconceptions, Myths, and Morals. Institute of
Women and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 115 pages,
 Roberta Ulrich. "Scientists Protest FDA Ban on Drug." The
Oregonian, November 20, 1990, page A10.
 Paulette Likoudis. "RU-486 Another Level of the Same
Barbarism." The Wanderer, June 7, 1990, pages 4 and 8.
 As described in Richard Glasow, Ph.D. "Roussel-Uclaf
Seeking U.S. Connection." National Right to Life News,
October 31, 1990, pages 1 and 13.
 National Catholic Register, July 10, 1989, page 8.
 George Grant. "Media Bias and Abortion." Legacy,
October 1991, page 1. Newsletter of Legacy Communications, Post Office
Box 680365, Franklin, Tennessee 37068.
 Richard D. Glasow, Ph.D. "Pro-Aborts Work Overtime to Break
RU-486 'Quarantine.'" National Right to Life News, November
30, 1989, pages 6 and 11.
 Richard Glasow, Ph.D. "SBCs and Pro-Abortion "Sex
Education."" National Right to Life News, October 15,
1987, page 4.
 Todd Ackerman. "Abortion Pill Banned Here; Black Market
Seems Likely." National Catholic Register, December 18,
1988, page 1.  Peggy Simpson. "The Gathering Storm:
Politics." Ms. Magazine, April 1989, page 89.
Further Reading: The Abortion Pill.
American Life League. "RU-486, the Human Pesticide."
Informational booklet sold by ALL; the most comprehensive reference
to the various aspects of the abortion pill, excellent for informing
professionals, clergymen, and interested pro-lifers about RU-486. Write
to ALL, Post Office Box 1350, Stafford, Virginia 22554.
American Society of Law & Medicine. Antiprogestin Drugs:
Ethical, Legal and Medical Issues.
Proceedings from the conference at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City,
Arlington, Virginia, December 6-7, 1991. 1992, 589 pages. Order from the
American Society of Law & Medicine, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston,
Massachusetts 02215. A series of fifty papers on all aspects of use and
impacts of the abortion pill RU-486 and the insertable abortifacient
NORPLANT. The ethics and implementation of these drugs and of early
abortion and contraception in developing nations is also covered in
detail by some of the world's leading pro-abortion strategists.
Etienne-Emile Baulieu and Sheldon J. Segal (editors). The
Antiprogestin Steroid RU-486 and Human Fertility Control.
New York: Plenum Press, 1986. 353 pages. This book contains the full
reports of major clinical tests of RU-486 on rats, monkeys, and women in
the form of papers presented at the Worldwide Conference on RU-486 at
Bellagio, Italy, in 1984.
Gale Research. Drugs Available Abroad.
Information on about 1,000 significant drugs available all over the
world. Information on each drug includes name, generic name, brand names
and manufacturers, drug purposes and modes of action, form in which
delivered (i.e., IV or tablet, etc.), dosage, precautions and warnings,
contraindications if any, adverse effects, status in the United States,
and U.S. equivalents. 600 pages, updated and published annually by Gale
Research, Inc., 835 Penobscot Building, Detroit, Michigan 48226-4094,
telephone: (313) 961-2242. Toll-free telephone number: 1-800-877-GALE.
Richard D. Glasow, Ph.D., and John C. Willke, M.D. "Omen of
the Future?: The Abortion Pill RU-486."
55 pages. A superb and highly-detailed explanation of the origins,
effects, and controversy surrounding the most well-known abortion pill.
Order from the National Right to Life Committee Educational Trust Fund,
419 7th Street N.W., Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20004. The first copy
is free, and orders of from 2 to 500 cost from 70 to 75 cents each, plus
postage, depending upon quantity.
George Grant. The Quick and the Dead: RU-486 and the New
Chemical Warfare Against Your Family.
Crossway Books, 1300 Crescent Street, Wheaton, Illinois 60187. 1991,
153 pages. This book addresses what RU-486 really is, how it works, its
health complications, and the implications of the debate surrounding the
abortion pill. The book also tells the stories of several women who have
taken the pill.
Human Life International. Project Abortifacients.
June 1991, 23 pages. This summary report, updated periodically by
Human Life International, lists major quotes and many major studies on
the abortifacient mode of action and side effects of the most common
abortifacients: The birth control pill, the intra-uterine device (IUD),
NORPLANT, RU-486, and Depo-Provera. Available from Human Life
International, 7845-E Airpark Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879.
Lawrence Lader. RU 486: The Pill That Could End the Abortion
Wars and Why American Women Don't Have It.
Addison-Wesley Publishing, Reading, Massachusetts. 1991, 165 pages.
This is a book that will be useful to pro-life activists in their fight
against the abortion pill once it is widespread in the United States.
Lader, 'king of the abortion propagandists,' uses his talents here to
lambaste pro-lifers, allege that the pill is valuable for other medical
uses, and paints an expectedly slanted picture of the history behind the
Janice Raymond, professor of Women's Studies and Medical Ethics
and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Renate Klein, lecturer in
Women's Studies at Deakin University, Australia; and Lynette J. Dumble,
Senior Research Fellow in the University of Melbourne's Department of
Surgery. RU 486: Misconceptions, Myths, and Morals.
Institute of Women and Technology, c/o Room 3-405, Department of
Urban Studies & Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139. 115 pages, 1991, 10.95. Three
self-described feminist professors extensively document the dangers of
RU-486 and the claims of efficacy against various diseases, and conclude
that "These claims have an all-too-wondrous ring of promise
subsequently turned peril." Their book also describes how the
abortion pill increases instead of decreases physician control and how
it is dumped on Third World women.
United States Government, Food and Drug Administration. Requirements
of Laws and Regulations Enforced by the United States Food and Drug
This publication is intended to be a cross reference to the major
requirements of laws and regulations administered by the FDA. This book
could come in handy for pro-lifers trying to track the distribution of
new IUDs, NORPLANT, and the resurgence of the use of Depo-Provera by
poor women. Serial Number 017-012-00343-5, 1989, 85 pages. Order by mail
from Superintendent of Documents, United States Government Printing
Office, Washington, DC 20402, or by telephone from (202) 783-3238.
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