Nothing special about a state pharmaceuticals agency approving a drug for use, except this is Italy and RU486 is otherwise known as
RU486 available in Italy! Wow!
Kudos to the Italian Pharmaceuticals Agency, who in a 4-1 decision to approve, stated that "the task of protecting the well-being of citizens ... must take precedence over personal convictions."
The drug will not be available over the counter, but will only be available in hospital under the supervision of a doctor.
The Catholic Church has, of course, come out strongly against the decision. They could not threaten the Italian Pharmaceuticals Agency directly to influence the decision, as that's, like, illegal. So it's done the next best cowardly thing. The Vatican has threatened to excommunicate any doctor, nurse, or woman involved in taking RU486.
Well done the Italian Pharmaceuticals Agency. Another small step in removing the Catholic Church from women's uteruses