China Bans Abortion Pill

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:19pm EDT

( - China has reportedly banned all pharmaceutical sales of abortion pill RU-486, citing safety concerns about the drug. "In order to guarantee patients' safety and protect their health, it is decided that no matter whether patients have a doctor's prescription or not, retail drug stores are forbidden to sell mifepristone (RU-486) tablets," read a notice from China's state drug administration reported in international news agencies. China already had a policy prohibiting some pharmacies from selling the product, though RU-486 can be obtained from hospitals, the black market and underground clinics. Full Story

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