- Lader, Lawrence (Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
3.34 linear feet ((8 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 1 folio+ folders, 7 slides, and 1 audiotape)
Series II, MIFEPRISTONE (RU-486) STUDY, 1990-2005 (#5.9-8.8), includes correspondence, memos, reports, study protocols, legal research, clippings, meeting notes, press releases, institutional review board approvals, consent forms, conference material, etc. This study was sponsored by Abortion Rights Mobilization to investigate the efficacy of using Mifepristone (RU-486) on its own and in conjunction with other drugs for early term abortions. The main investigator for the study was Doctor Eric Schaff who conducted the studies at the University of Rochester with subjects participating in clinics around the country. Study protocols were regularly reviewed, amended, and approved by an institutional review board. There were problems with early attempts to gain access to Mifepristone from a French manufacturer, requiring Abortion Rights Mobilization to purchase a cloned version from China. They were later able to find a chemist who could manufacture a small number of pills in the United States before finding a manufacturer who could produce large quantities. Funding for the study was provided by various philanthropic organizations including the Packard Foundation and the Soros Foundation (New York) (now the Open Society Institute). Folder titles were created by the archivist. Series is arranged chronologically.
- Series I. Writings, speaking engagements, and reproductive rights ephemera, 1918-2006 (#1.1-5.8, PD.1sl, FD.1, F+D.1, T-304.1)
- Series II. Mifepristone (RU-486) study, 1990-2005 (#5.9-8.8)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers of Lawrence Lader were given to the Schlesinger Library by Lawrence Lader between June 2001 and May 2006.
Processed by: Mark Vassar
The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Schlesinger Library printed materials division:
- Ideas for an Open Society, Open Society Institute, 2001
- Issues in Brief, Alan Guttmacher Institute, 1997
- Update, Medical Students for Choice, 1997-1998
By: Mark Vassar, with assistance from Margaret Dalton.
- Abortion--Law and legislation--United States
- Abortion--United States--Psychological aspects
- Israel-Arab War, 1948-1949
- Mifepristone--Government policy--United States
- Pro-choice movement--United States
- Unwanted pregnancy--United States--Psychological aspects
- Women's rights--United States
- Lader, Lawrence. Papers of Lawrence Lader, 1918-2006: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from the Elsie Rodd Fund in the Schlesinger Library.
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