Bishop Fisher says RU406 won't curb abortions

Making the controversial RU486 pill available in Australia will do nothing to cut the number of abortions, Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Anthony Fisher has told a senate inquiry into the abortion drug RU-486.

AAP reports that Bishop Fisher told a senate inquiry that women need more alternatives to abortion, not a wider choice of abortion methods.

"The move to chemical abortions ... is (a) new development of major social and ethical import and not merely a pharmacological matter," he said.

"Australians are deeply concerned that the abortion rate is already too high and clearly this new treatment will not help to reduce abortion."

Bishop Fisher was one of three Catholic Church representatives giving evidence to the senate inquiry into whether federal health minister Tony Abbott should lose his power to approve RU486.

The decision would instead be transferred to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

The church argued Mr Abbott should retain his power because the TGA did not have the ability to address the ethical and moral issues associated with RU486.

The inquiry continues.

RU486 won't reduce abortions: Catholics (National Nine News/Australian Associated Press 6/2/06)

Catholic GPs ready to quit over RU-486 (CathNews 3/2/06)
Life Office criticises advertiser's gag on abortion debate (CathNews 1/2/06)
Churches lead RU406 protest (CathNews 30/1/06)
Day of action to fight abortion drug move (CathNes 27/1/06)
Melbourne Archbishop says maintain abortion drug ban (CathNews 25/1/06)
Pope says 'no' to gay marriage, abortion pill (CathNews 13/1/06)
Catholic Health to address abortion pill inquiry (CathNews 15/12/06)

Australian parliament set to debate abortion drug (Reuters 6/2/06)
RU486 inquiry 'looking at evidence' not opinions (ABC News 6/2/06)
Pope lauds Italian pro-lifers (Catholic World News 6/2/06)
Fear and fury on eve of RU486 vote (The Age 7/2/06)
On Defending and Promoting Life (Zenit 5/2/06)
Pope salutes pro-life group (Reuters 5/2/06)
The senator for St Kilda (The Australian 4/2/06)
Tony Abbott: Best forum for RU486 decision (The Australian 6/2/06)
Protocol Seen as Ploy to Impose Abortion on Africa (Zenit 2/2/06)

7 Feb 2006