Australia Abortion Practitioners Apply to Use Dangerous RU 486 Drugs

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 7, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 7, 2006

Canberra, Australia ( — Three more abortion practitioners have submitted applications to be able to use the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug that has claimed the lives of women across the globe. They’re hoping to help force a vote on allowing the abortion drug to be used in the island nation.

John Bowditch, Kimberley Sleeman and Ian Pettigrew of Mildura say they have submitted an application to the Therapeutic Goods Administration, which regulates drugs in Australia, to be able to sell the two-part abortion drug.

Australia is currently embroiled in a debate about whether to allow the drugs to be sold and who should be allowed to approve the decision.

Health Minister Tony Abbott, after getting advice from the nation’s top doctor, said he would not allow the dangerous abortion drug to be sold. That prompted abortion advocates in parliament to put forward a bill that will be debated soon taking that decision-making authority away from Abbott and giving it to the TGA.

The pro-abortion lawmakers would also press for approval of a companion bill legalizing the use of the abortion pills.

The decision by the three abortion practitioners to file an application to use the abortion drug follows a similar decision by Caroline de Costa of Cairns. The Age newspaper reports that a fifth abortion practitioner from Albury may have also submitted an application.

Bowditch said he believes that half of women who decided to get an abortion will opt to use the abortion drugs, which have killed women in the United States, Canada, Sweden and elsewhere.

Their request comes days after a New Zealand study showing women who have abortions have double the risk of severe depression and other mental health problems compared with women who deliver their babies.

Prime Minister John Howard has allowed Government MPs a conscience vote on the two RU 486 bills.