Medicine: Magic Bullet

Japanese abortion drug stirs hopes and questions

It has long been a dream of population-control experts, to say nothing of millions of men and women all over the world: a safe antidote that can be taken after intercourse to prevent pregnancy. Such a perfect morning-after pill still eludes medical science. But Japanese researchers believe they have developed the next-best thing, a vaginal suppository. If administered as early as two weeks after a woman has missed her period because of pregnancy, it can induce abortion about 90% of the time with barely any side effects....

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