Produced and directed by Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt ; written by Larry Loonin, Eric Nadler ; music composed by Quentin Chiappetta ; For WHYY, David Othner ... [et. al.]
After years of controversy, RU486, also known as Mifepristone, a pill that can end a pregnancy without surgery, is coming to America. This program shows the controversy surrounding RU486 and shows how a potent mix of business, politics and ethics kept this drug out of United States for nearly a decade. Dr. Etienne Emile Baulieu, its French discoverer, explains how RU486, taken in the first or second month of pregnancy, prevents the development of the fetus; another drug, taken 48 hours later, brings on a miscarriage.