RU-486 by Dr David van GendNews Weekly
a recipe for nightmares (letter)
, November 19, 2005
Dr Caroline De Costa claims that chemical abortion with RU486 "contributes hugely to ameliorating a psychologically traumatic process". I would say it only makes the psychological trauma of abortion worse.
With standard surgical abortion the mother need never see the baby; she can be asleep at the time. But with RU486 the woman will be vividly aware of the whole abortion process, swallowing the poison herself, acting out a mockery of labour where every spasm speaks of death not life, and wide awake at the time of delivery of a dead baby. Surely this is a recipe for nightmares.
Why are we so pitiless that we promote this soul-destroying pill as if, in Liberal MP Sharman Stone's words, it was "beneficial to thousands of women and girls"?
There is something sick with our culture when a woman uses the parliament to promote abortifacient poisons that were once - like rue and tansy - the province of brothel madams and medieval hags.
RU486, should any Federal Health Minister give approval for its importation, would be part of this social sickness, not part of the cure.Dr David van Gend,
Mackenzie House Medical Centre,