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 Decade: 2000-2009
 Year: 2001
 Month: February
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Abortion: Termination of Early Pregnancy with RU-486 (Mifepristone)

Abortion: Termination of Early Pregnancy with RU-486 (Mifepristone)

Date: February 23, 2001
Creator: Johnson, Judith A.
Description: On September 28, 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug mifepristone, also known as RU-486, for the termination of early pregnancy. Because RU-486 is an abortion agent, the process of moving it out of the lab and into mainstream medicine has been fraught with controversy. Since its discovery, the pro-life movement has been adamantly against the use of this drug for abortion. This report discusses the procedure of obtaining and using the drug, as well as the ongoing debate regarding its usage and related legislation.
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