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2006-05-11 01:55:00

By Susan Heavey ATLANTA (Reuters) - The controversial abortion pill known as RU-486 will be in the spotlight on Thursday when U.S. health officials meet to discuss an outbreak of rare bacterial infections across the country, including a handful of cases in women who took the pill. Abortion supporters and opponents plan to attend the meeting, which is open to the public, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Atlanta headquarters. Officials aim to keep the discussion focused on...

2006-05-10 08:41:19

By Susan Heavey ATLANTA (Reuters) - U.S. health officials, under pressure from conservatives to pull the abortion pill Mifeprex off the market, will hold an open meeting on Thursday to discuss rare bacterial infections in women who took the drug. Six women who took the pill have died since the controversial drug was approved five years ago, although the Food and Drug Administration has not attributed their deaths to the drug. Officials hope to keep the meeting, at the CDC's Atlanta...

2006-04-10 13:39:09

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of two recent deaths of women taking the abortion pill RU-486 was unrelated to an abortion or use of the drug, but the second case is still under investigation, U.S. regulators said on Monday. The woman in the second case showed symptoms of infection, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. Both cases were reported in March.

2006-04-10 14:30:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of two recent deaths of women taking the abortion pill RU-486 was unrelated to an abortion or use of the drug, but the second case is still under investigation, U.S. regulators said on Monday. The woman in the second case showed symptoms of infection, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. Both cases were reported in March. RU-486, also known as Mifeprex or mifepristone, is approved for terminating a pregnancy of 49 days or less. Another drug, misoprostol, is...

2006-03-17 18:11:37

By Lisa Richwine WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two more women have died after taking the abortion pill RU-486 but officials do not know if the drug played a role in their deaths, U.S. regulators said on Friday. "At this time we are investigating all circumstances associated with these cases and are not able to confirm the causes of death," the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in an advisory to the public. Four previously reported deaths were linked to complications from a bacterial...

2006-03-17 13:00:29

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two additional deaths have been reported after women took the abortion pill known as RU-486 or Mifeprex, U.S. regulators said on Friday. The Food and Drug Administration said it has not been able to determine the cause of the newly reported deaths. Four previously reported fatalities were linked to a bacterial infection that developed after the women took the abortion pill, which is sold by privately held Danco Laboratories.

2006-03-17 12:57:59

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two additional deaths have been reported after women took the abortion pill known as RU-486 or Mifeprex, U.S. regulators said on Friday. The Food and Drug Administration said it has not been able to determine the cause of the newly reported deaths. Four previously reported fatalities were linked to a bacterial infection that developed after the women took the abortion pill, which is sold by privately held Danco Laboratories.

2006-02-09 01:45:00

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian senators voted on Thursday to remove an effective ban on abortion drug RU-486 after two days of emotive, personal and passionate debate that saw two high-profile politicians reveal their experiences with abortion. Senators voted 45 to 28 to remove the power of the health minister -- currently conservative, Catholic, anti-abortionist Tony Abbott -- to veto applications from companies and doctors who want to import and prescribe RU-486. The...

2006-02-06 01:01:10

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Scrapping Australia's effective ban on an abortion drug could open the way for risky backyard miscarriages, Health Minister Tony Abbott said as debate heats up ahead of a free parliamentary vote on the issue this week. At present, if a doctor wants to prescribe abortion drug RU-486 in Australia, the application must first be approved by the health minister -- currently the conservative, Catholic, anti-abortion Abbott -- then assessed by the...

2006-01-12 10:09:25

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, speaking out on hot topics that will figure in the campaigning for this year's Italian general elections, on Thursday condemned gay marriage and the use of the so-called "abortion pill." He was immediately attacked by gay leaders and leftist politicians who accused him of interfering in domestic affairs. Benedict, speaking to political leaders of the Rome region, said marriage was not a "casual, sociological entity" but "a...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.