Last week was probably a net loss for pro-life activists, despite the House override of the abortion-bill veto. A day before the House vote, the Food and Drug Administration gave the so-called abortion pill, RU-486, all but final approval. As long as it is labeled and manufactured to meet agency standards, this new and easier way to terminate pregnancies could be on the market by the middle of next year.

Only a few years ago, it looked as if American women might never have access to RU-486, whose chemical name is mifepristone. It has been available in Europe since 1988, but...

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