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Christian Do-Gooder Tony Perkins Starts Campaign to Outlaw Abortion Pills Outside the US

Reported by Marie Therese - July 2, 2005

Not content with sticking his nose into the medicine cabinets and bedrooms of American women, radical bible-thumper Tony Perkins has decided that NO women ANYWHERE should be allowed reproductive rights. He has decided that abortion pills must be removed from the list of "essential medicines" published by the World Health Organization (WHO).

COPY OF Perkins' Letter to His Followers:

Tell Director- General Lee Jong-Wook and the World Health Organization to keep mifepristone (RU-486) and misoprostol off the WHO's List of Essential Medicines.

Abortion Pills are Not 'Essential Medicines'

The Bush administration has been working in recent months to ensure that the drugs mifepristone (aka RU-486) and misoprostol, which are used to end early-term pregnancies, are kept off the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines. According to the WHO, a medicine is considered essential if it satisfies "the priority health care needs of the population." Once a medicine is designated to be essential, efforts are stepped up to ease access and widen distribution.

Abortion is certainly not a priority health care need, and these drugs absolutely do not belong on the List. Inclusion of misoprostol and mifepristone on the List of Essential Medicines would be not only morally and ethically unacceptable, but also scientifically irresponsible. Very serious health risks attend use of these abortifacients, and in response to reports of the long-term ills and even deaths that have resulted from its use, the FDA issued a new warning regarding RU-486 last November.

Abortion advocates such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation and its allies have started a campaign to lobby Dr. Lee Jong-Wook, Director-General of the WHO, to include mifepristone and misoprostol on the List. To counteract their wrong-headed efforts, the WHO needs to hear from you. Tell Dr. Lee that you don't want to see these drugs on the List of Essential Medicines.

Abortion Pills are Not 'Essential Medicines'

Sincerely,

Tony Perkins


COMMENT

Perkins has a state-of-the-art petition drive going. Unfortunately, I cannot find an direct email for Dr. Lee Jong-Wook.

However, there are two e-mail addresses you might try if you'd like let WHO know that you oppose this evangelical crusade:

info@who.int

mediainquiries@who.int

Or you can use the more traditional contact methods:

World Health Organization
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland

Telephone: (+ 41 22) 791 21 11
Facsimile (fax): (+ 41 22) 791 3111
Telex: 415 416
Telegraph: UNISANTE GENEVA

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