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Coburn Amendment Introduction Expected

Republican Tom Coburn (R-OK) is expected to propose an amendment to the 2001 Agriculture Appropriations bill that will prohibit the FDA from approving drugs that induce abortion, which could adversely affect the mifepristone approval process. The Coburn amendment, if passed, will prohibit the FDA from using government funds to test, develop or approve any drug for the chemical inducement of abortion. Mifepristone, also referred to as RU-486, is a safe and effective alternative to surgical abortion that has been used by millions of women in Europe, China, and other parts of the world. The drug also shows promise as a treatment for endometriosis and various forms of cancer primarily affecting women. In 1996 the FDA found mifepristone to be a safe and effective method of early abortion. The drug is currently in the final stages of approval at the FDA, with action expected by September 30, 2000. TAKE ACTION NOW against the Coburn Amendment.