November 19, 2004
The so-called pro-choicers and their allies in the major media have done a good job covering up the consequences of abortion.
When the abortion pill RU-486 was approved in 2000 by President Clinton's food and drug administration, women were assured it was safe for them, though never for the baby.
Now a California woman's death in January has finally prompted the FDA to strengthen warnings on the label of RU-486 bottles.
Her death was the third in the United States in four years.
The labels already contain warnings, but they will be given added prominence, with doctors urged to redouble efforts at watching their patients carefully for signs of systemic bacterial infection, excessive vaginal bleeding and ectopic, or tubal, pregnancies.
How about redoubling efforts to make sure the child is given a chance at life and put up for adoption if the woman doesn't want him or her?
In a selfish culture, that isn't about to happen.
But such an approach would guarantee no side effects, no death for the woman and life for the child.
Everyone would win, except the abortion industry.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.