Australians Oppose RU 486 Poll Shows, Abortion Advocates Blast It

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 23, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 23, 2006

Canberra, Australia ( — A new poll conducted for an ad hoc group that is opposing the introduction of the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug in Australia shows most in the island nation oppose its use. Abortion advocates are claiming the poll results are erroneous.

The survey, for Australians Against RU 486, found most Australian women oppose the introduction of the abortion drug there because of problems and complications that can result from its use.

The survey also found that just 25 percent of women were aware of the abortion drug even though pro-abortion groups have attempted to make it a political issue.

When told details about severe bleeding and infections that can result from using the drugs, 60 percent of women said they didn’t want it in Australia.

“When fully informed of the risks of RU-486, only one-third of Australian women would support the Government voting for its introduction,” Catherine Lennon told the Border Mail newspaper.

Democrats leader senator Lyn Allison, who is sponsoring legislation to legalize the abortion drug, claimed the poll was biased because it told respondents about deaths from the abortion pills in other nations.

David Grundmann, who owns abortion centers in Queensland and New South Wales, also claimed the poll was "invalid."

"If they’re talking about women in Australia I find that hard to believe because no one in Australia has been exposed to RU-486, so I think that’s absolute nonsense," he told the ABC News in Australia.

The Australian parliament is preparing to vote on measures next month that would pave the way for sales of the drug, which has been responsible for the deaths of women in the United States, Canada, Sweden and elsewhere.