Onion: New drug terminates pregnant women, saves unborn children

UR-86 is intended for occasions when the mind-set or politics of the mother threaten the life of the fetus.

Published May 10, 2006 6:07PM (EDT)

Just in over the "It's Funny 'Cause It Might as Well Be True" wire: The Onion reports that "pro-life advocates celebrated approval of the new anti-abortion drug UR-86 by the Food and Drug Administration Tuesday, calling it a 'safe and effective method' for terminating pregnant women while leaving their unborn children unharmed." According to a manufacturer spokesperson, the drug is intended for "extreme cases in which the mother cannot or should not be saved, or when her health has been placed before that of her unborn child."

While many activists hailed the development as a "step forward for equality," some lawmakers remained uneasy, according to the Onion. "Tuesday night, South Dakota legislators introduced a bill to impose a five-day waiting period for teenage girls and women before they can buy the pill, claiming its use does not adequately safeguard the lifestyle of the father, the laundry of the father, or the favorite meals of the father."

I must say that as I read the article, my initial guffaw faded to a nervous titter, then a grim nod. I'm not a knee-jerk "The Onion rules!" gal, but this time, man, did they nail it. I'm filing this one under funny scary.

By Lynn Harris

Award-winning journalist Lynn Harris is author of the comic novel "Death by Chick Lit" and co-creator of BreakupGirl.net. She also writes for the New York Times, Glamour, and many others.

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