The FDA announced "two additional deaths following medical abortion with mifepristone," known as Mifeprex or RU-486. The agency cited four previous deaths of women who had taken the pills; another death had been reported in Canada. Bacteria are suspected. Anti-abortion spin: "The FDA has pulled other drugs that have caused fewer deaths and less severe complications than RU-486. Why the double-standard?" Planned Parenthood spin: 1) This makes only seven reported deaths among 560,000 incidents in which women took the pills. 2) "None of those deaths have been directly attributed to mifepristone." 3) Just to be safe, we're changing the way we administer the pills. (For Human Nature's takes on the pills as a step toward earlier abortions, click here.)
1) The difference between gay marriage and polygamy. 2) Stop giving healthy people Social Security. 3) South Dakota's invitation to snuff your embryo. 4) Technology and the end of Roe. 5) The nonsense of Olympic doping rules. 6) The temptation of remote-controlled killing. 7) Teachers who have sex withboys. 8) Our creepy genetic experiment on dogs. (Click here to return to top of page.)
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.