Medicine: Battle Over The Abortion Pill

Pressure is mounting to introduce the drug RU 486 in the U.S.

If maintaining a woman's right to have an abortion tops the agenda of pro- choice forces, then introducing RU 486, the so-called abortion pill, into the U.S. ranks second. So far the foes of abortion have managed to keep the French-made drug out of the country. But last week a delegation of American feminists and scientists met in Paris with executives of Roussel Uclaf, the French company that manufactures the drug, and in Frankfurt with officials * from Hoechst AG, Roussel's parent company. The Americans presented a petition signed by 115,000 people urging the distribution of RU 486 in the U.S....