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  • FDA ready to cave to big money and approve RU-486
  • For East Timor windfall World Bank loan is too little for too much too late!
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        ROCKVILLE, Maryland (CWNews.com) - The introduction of the French abortion pill RU-486 moved closer to full approval by the US Food and Drug Administration last week.

        The FDA sent a letter to the New York-based Population Council -- which holds the license to manufacture and distribute the drug, also known as mifepristone, in the US -- indicating a six-month deadline to final approval. The FDA has requested information regarding manufacture and labeling.

        If the drug receives FDA approval, the council intends to have the drug manufactured by Danco Laboratories of New York. With approval, Danco "can get moving fairly quickly" to distribute the drug, according to council spokesman Sandra Waldman.

        Although Waldman declined to estimate how many US women might use the drug, she said that about 500,000 European women have used it since it was first approved in France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom 10 years ago.

        In a related story, out of Boston a security guard injured in the 1994 shooting at a Massachusetts abortion clinic on Friday filed a lawsuit in federal court against two pro-abortion groups, claiming they owe him a $100,000 reward for catching the shooter.

        Richard J. Seron sued Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation for the reward for catching John Salvi III, a mentally ill man convicted of killing two women and five others in the shootings at two clinics in 1994. Salvi died in prison in 1996, his hands tied behind his back and a noose around his neck. Authorities ruled his death a suicide.

        Seron said he fired back at Salvi after being wounded, forcing Salvi to flee, leaving behind a bag of weapons and ammunition that led to his arrest. Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation set up a $1 million reward fund in 1993 to help solve attacks on abortion clinics. Seron said his request for a $100,000 reward was rejected.

        Seron was shot four times. He said he suffers from post-traumatic stress and depression as a result of the shooting. Seron also has sued the owners of the building where the shooting took place, arguing that they were negligent by not posting a police officer at the clinic. A jury rejected that lawsuit in March 1999.

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        DILI, East Timor (CWNews.com) - The World Bank today has pledged $21.5 million to East Timor for reconstruction as the country begins it slow rise from subjugation to Indonesia for more than two decades.

        World Bank President James Wolfensohn said: "I've had ... some of my colleagues here living in tents wherever they could get cover, 24 hours a day to get this project going and I frankly find it incomprehensible that people don't recognize that everybody is working their tails off here to get money to East Timor."

        Wolfensohn is in East Timor, touring the country to see the damage imposed on the territory by pro-Indonesian forces. He stopped in the coastal township of Manatuto, east of Dili, where he received pleas for help from Church and local political leaders. "The people sitting here have no food, so can you help us in our plantings?" said Padre Domingos, a local priest.

        Although the bank had not planned to launch any programs until May, Wolfensohn said the World Bank was "anxious" to help the East Timorese and announced 600 million rupiah ($80,000) for six villages in the Manatuto area over the next two to three months.

        "This is my first visit to East Timor. I have been to other war zones and I have been to other countries that have been ravaged, but the sheer scale and the depth of the destruction was something that surprised me," he said.

        Indonesia, the most populous Muslim nation in the world, invaded mainly Catholic East Timor in 1975 and annexed it the following year in a move not recognized by the United Nations. Last August, the region held a Jakarta-proposed referendum to allow Timorese to choose either autonomy within Indonesia or full independence. After the pro-independence results were revealed, pro-Indonesia militias, armed and backed by Indonesia's military, went on a rampage, killing hundreds and forcing hundreds of thousands to flee the former Portuguese colony.

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