FOR REASONS that have nothing to do with abortion, the French abortion pill, RU486, has been hailed as nothing less than a wonder drug. Evidence is strong that it can combat harm
produced by hormones implicated in breast and brain cancer, diabetes, glaucoma, hypertension and Cushing's syndrome. It may have application to treatment for AIDS. So it's idiotic, if not criminal, to put it off limits to American researchers.
The Food and Drug Administration issued an "import alert" against the drug last year on the grounds that it's a health hazard. Tell that to a terminal cancer patient whose physician might try it as a last resort.