Ireland Medical Board Trying to Curtail Abortion Drug Sales To Residents

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 23, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 23,

Dublin, Ireland ( — Abortion is illegal in Ireland but some residents there are trying to get around the abortion ban by purchasing the dangerous abortion drug RU 486. Officials with the Irish Medicines Board say they plan to step up enforcement to make sure the drug isn’t entering the nation illegally.

Dr. Joan Gilvarry, of the IMB, told Ireland’s RTE News that there are serious health risks for women using RU 486 without supervision from a physician.

She said web sites on the Internet are selling the abortion drug and mailing it to Irish women and she doesn’t know how many women there have purchased it.

According to the RTE News report, Irish customs officials seize about 400 packets of various drugs every week, including some abortion pills.

The Irish Medicines Board has contacted one unnamed web site in particular to ask it to stop giving the drug to women in Ireland in exchange for a donation to continue the web site. IMB officials want the site to tell Irish women that it is illegal to obtain the drug.

The web site in question is believed to be operated by someone or a group in Toronto, Canada.

The abortion drug has been particularly dangerous for women and caused the deaths of 13 women worldwide and injured more than 1,100 in the United States alone.