BUENOS AIRES, May 30, 2003 ( – Argentine Judge Cristina Garzon de Lascano of Cordoba province ruled last Thursday that oral birth control pills and the intrauterine device (IUD) are illegal in the pro-life country due to their abortifacient nature.  The judge banned the production and sale of the abortifacients and also ordered destruction of existing supplies.  The judges ruling was based on established medical fact noting that the drugs are abortifacient.  In Argentina abortion is illegal and punishable by prison.  Argentine Health Minister Gines Gonzalez Garcia gratuitously attacked the ruling calling the judgment “absurd and based on the plea of religious fundamentalists, without consulting a single medical academic at the Health Ministry.”  Garcia said the judgment would result in a “health catastrophe.”  See the BBC News coverage: