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February 16, 1990

RU-486

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Medical Center Pharmacy Service St Louis, Mo

Veterans Administration Medical Center Pharmacy Service St Louis, Mo

JAMA. 1990;263(7):947. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440070033019
Abstract

To the Editor.—  Dr Baulieu surely is deserving of the Albert Lasker Medical Award for his extensive research work on progesterone receptors; however, allowing this gifted researcher the opportunity to try to justify his position on the ethical merits of chemical abortion is ludicrous.1Calling the abortion produced by RU-486 "contragestion" does not diminish the fact that a developing human being is being sloughed unnaturally from the uterus. Changing terminology cannot change the facts. The term "fertility control" used by Dr Baulieu is not control, but destruction. Not allowing fertilization to occur illustrates control, but the overt blocking of a natural hormone to bring about miscarriage... that's abortion!Aside from the abortion controversy, the therapeutic merits of RU-486 are dubious at best. A drug that fails when given alone more than 20% of the time and when administered with a prostaglandin pessary that still has a failure rate of

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