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Italy legalizes RU-486 despite 29 deaths; Vatican prelate: excommunications for doctor, mother

July 31, 2009

The Italian Pharmaceuticals Agency (AIFA) has authorized the nationwide use of the RU-486 despite the deaths of 29 women from the abortion pill’s side effect.

“There will be excommunication for the doctor, the woman and anyone who encourages its use,” said Bishop Elio Sgreccia, the retired president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, referring to the penalty of automatic excommunication associated with abortion. “First abortion was legalized to stop it being clandestine, but now doctors are washing their hands of it and transferring the burden of conscience to women.”


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