TURIN, December 17, 2002 ( – Italian Public Prosecutor Raffaele Guariniello has opened an investigation in the Sant’Anna Hospital—which performs the highest number of abortions in all Italy—after doctors there announced they would begin clinical trials of RU-486, the Mifepristone “human pesticide” abortion drug.  According to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, the trials may violate the legal requirement that abortions take place in a hospital or clinic. Doctors were planning to get the test women to sign a document requiring that they reside within two hours of a hospital, and warning that there is a “remote possibility” that a blood transfusion might be needed in case of serious hemorrhaging.  For newswire coverage see:   For previous coverage see:  ITALY BEGINS TESTING RU-486 ABORTION DRUG


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