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Re: Abortion Delays Cited In New Study, Nov. 24.
There may be good reasons why mifepristone and misoprostol (RU-486) have not yet been legalized for medical abortions in Canada. Their failure rate in international studies ranges between 4% and 16% or higher. Medical abortions also have more adverse side effects than surgical abortion, and the children who survive them have a much higher incidence of birth defects, including Möbius syndrome.
Of course, almost every woman seeking an abortion does have a real alternative. She can carry her pregnancy to term.
Ian Gentles, research director, deVeber Institute for Bioethics, Toronto.
"One person’s actions don’t affect just them. They never do. If I choose assisted suicide it will affect my wife, my children and my grandchildren. It will affect my doctor because I will ask her to stop being a healer and become my killer. My suicide will affect my community and, in a small way, it will affect my nation by helping to entrench the notion there is such a thing as a life unworthy to be lived."
Profound words from Mark Davis Pickup, a man living with MS for 30 years, on the concept of an interdependent community.