By Laurie Kretchmar

(FORTUNE Magazine) – Most corporate leaders shun the divisive issue of abortion. But many leading businesswomen in Chicago support RU486, the abortion pill made by a French subsidiary of Germany's Hoechst. This, despite the fact that the Food and Drug Administration bars would-be users from importing the pill, and a recent Supreme Court ruling that backed a customs seizure of an incoming passenger's pills effectively supported the ban. The photo above shows some of the members of the Women's Issues Network, as the 200-member group is called. Clockwise from left: Christie Hefner (seated), CEO of Playboy Enterprises; State Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch, Illinois's highest-ranking elected woman; Julia Stasch, president of Stein & Co., a real estate development firm; Barbara Levy Kipper, chairman of Chas. Levy, a wholesale publishing distributor; Sue Ling Gin, CEO of airline caterer Flying Food Fare; and Marjorie Benton, vice chairman of film distributor Public Media. Says Stasch: ''Reproductive choice is at the core of women's economic life. If you lack knowledge and control, your ability to realize your potential is very limited.''