A Long Journey

The FDA's approval of the abortion pill, once known as RU 486, came after two decades of research, protests and political controversy

JANUARY 1973 Roe v. Wade decision makes abortion legal

1980 French professor Etienne-Emile Baulieu and researchers from Roussel Uclaf synthesize RU 486 (mifepristone)

1982 Roussel Uclaf reports first successful human testing of RU 486

1983 The Population Council receives FDA approval to test the drug in the U.S. During the next six years, more than 300 women receive RU 486 at the University of Southern California

SEPTEMBER 1988 French Health Ministry approves RU 486 combined with prostaglandin...

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