September 8, 2000
The FDA has set a deadline of September 30, for the next move to lift a ban of the abortion drug, commonly known as RU-486. Danco Laboratories LLC, the drug’s marketer, has found a manufacturer, are raising money and seeks to spend at least $1.2 million to teach medical professionals to administer the drug. Based on a survey they have tentatively chosen the name “Early Option” for the drug. According to internal documents, Danco believes that after a few years, RU-486 would account for over half of abortions preformed within the first 2 months of pregnancy.
Rep. Coburn said, “The best strategy is to elect a president and a Congress that believes the mission of the FDA is to preserve health, not facilitate death, and will act to rescind or block approval of RU-486.” If the drug is approved he said, “We will fight any efforts by the abortion lobby to water down the common-sense and medically sound restrictions the FDA may impose on RU-486. Administering RU-486 improperly could kill two persons instead of one.”
A seven-year-old boy in N.Y. was diagnosed as having attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder by a psychologist and was prescribed Ritalin by his physician. When he began to experience sleeplessness and appetite loss his parents notified school officials that they wanted to temporarily discontinue his medication usage. Soon after, they received a visit from Child Protective Services and a petition to appear in court.
Phyllis Schlafly, a nationally syndicated columnist, says, “This case underscores the need for better medical privacy protection in order to safeguard against government intervention in personal medical decisions.” Ritalin is a behavioral control drug, and does not treat an objective physical illness. The drug “is very attractive to the schools because it makes the child more likely to shut up, sit down and do what he is told,” says Schlafly.
After years of study and follow-up on the impact of divorce on children with several families, psychologist Judith Wallerstein says she is amazed “how much their parents’ divorce shaped their adult years.” This week her latest book, The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: A 25 Year Landmark Study, was released. She finds: “a lack of role models, a longer adolescence, less chance at college, difficult stepfamily situations, greater substance abuse and less social competence” are some of the ways that children of divorce suffer.