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ABORTION FOES TARGET FRENCH DRUG FIRM AS RU-486 COMES TO U.S.

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Abortion opponents plan to boycott the French maker of the abortion drug RU-486 and its U.S. subsidiaries even though the company has given up all rights to the drug in this country.

Anti-abortionists said Wednesday they hope to punish manufacturer Roussel Uclaf for an agreement that allows a nonprofit agency to test RU-486 on American women and hire another company to sell it here.The drug could be licensed for sale here within two years.

"They cannot escape the moral responsibility for what will ensue," said Wanda Franz, president of the National Right to Life Committee. "What RU-486 will bring us is serial killing by abortion, on a massive scale."

If approved, RU-486 would be an alternative to the 1.6 million surgical abortions performed each year.