Two cabinet ministers decline comment on government approval of abortion pill

Two Conservative cabinet ministers are leery about answering questions about Health Canada’s decision to approve the abortion drug known as RU-486.

Two Conservative cabinet ministers are leery about answering questions about Health Canada’s decision to approve the abortion drug known as RU-486.

Justice Minister Peter MacKay declined to comment on the decision as he visited Calgary.

MacKay says questions should be directed to Health Minister Rona Ambrose and her department, adding that personal opinions are best kept personal.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose told reporters in St. Albert, Alta., that the decision did not rest with her and referred questions to her department, including the scientists that manage the regulatory process.

The drug has been available since 1988 in France and was approved for use in the United States in 2000.

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