Pill-Induced Abortion Approved; Born-Alive Protection Act; The Women’s Museum

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September 29, 2000

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the abortion drug mifepristone, also known as RU-486. This is the first alternative to surgical abortion approved in the United States, and it will be available in approximately a month. An estimated half million European women have had an abortion with RU-486 since 1988, when it was approved for use in France. Mifepristone can be more dangerous for women than surgical abortion, since it can cause severe bleeding, nausea, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, and sometimes when things go wrong, life-threatening infections. Also, surgical abortion may be needed if the pill-induced abortion is not completed in the procedure. Pro-abortion activists are ecstatic because they believe this decision is a major victory for “women’s reproductive rights” and that it will be a political boost for pro-abortion candidates in the 2000 elections.

Born-Alive Infant Protection Act
This week the House passed the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act. The bill says that if a child is born alive, he cannot be killed or allowed to die because he is unwanted. At the House Judiciary Constitution subcommittee hearing in July, several surgical nurses testified that premature infants delivered during abortions such as partial-birth abortions, performed late-term, have been left to die.

The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future
The first museum dedicated to the history of Women will open its doors this week in Dallas, Texas. The exhibits focus on women’s achievements in health, science, religion, business, health and sports. Sections of the museum are designed to cause debate with displays of gender barriers being broken and displays of beauty contests. David Lackey, who helped design all of the displays in the museum, said, “We hope to get people thinking not just who are famous women but the ideas behind them.” Before visitors exit the museum, they may leave a story in the museum’s electronic archives about a mother or grandmother-something that may never be told otherwise.

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