PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL PRIVATIZATION PLAN SCRAPPED The Washington Post reports today that Pennsylvania Gov. Mark S. Schweiker (R) abandoned today a proposal to privatize the central management of Philadelphia’s public school district, a centerpiece of a plan he unveiled three weeks ago to upgrade the city schools.

FDA APPROVES ABORTIFACIENT ‘CONTRACEPTIVE’ SKIN PATCH The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced approval of Ortho Evra, the first transdermal (skin) patch approved for birth control. The weekly prescription patch releases norelgestromin (a progestin hormone), and ethinyl estradiol (an estrogen hormone), through the skin into the blood stream which can act to prevent implantation. The risks of using this product are similar to the risks of using birth control pills including an increased risk of blood clots, heart attack, and stroke.