Today the Georgia Legislature introduced the Women’s Health and Safety Act (S.B. 351), which contains some of the nation’s strongest safeguards against dangerous chemical abortion drugs. Among its many protections, the bill prohibits abortion pills from being dispensed via telemedicine or mail and strengthens informed consent for women. The bill was introduced by a coalition of 25 senators.
Last month the Biden administration moved to weaken longstanding federal safety regulations against mail-order abortion drugs, a policy that allows for dangerous at-home, do-it-yourself abortions without necessary medical oversight. Biden has also nominated former FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf to resume the role he held under Barack Obama. During his tenure, he oversaw the limiting of reporting requirements for complications after chemical abortion – obscuring the real dangers of abortion drugs despite evidence they are unsafe.
SBA List Southern Regional Director Caitlin Connors praised the bill, saying:
“In the wake of the Biden’s administration’s reckless move to expand mail-order abortion drugs, Georgia lawmakers are stepping up to combat this urgent public health threat. With a fourfold higher rate of complications compared to surgical abortion, the data shows that chemical abortion endangers women as well as their unborn children. We thank Sen. Bruce Thompson for sponsoring the Women’s Health and Safety Act, along with Senate President Pro Tempore Butch Miller and Sens. Jeff Mullis, Larry Walker and Steve Gooch for their leadership. We look forward to seeing this bill swiftly enacted by the legislature and pro-life Gov. Kemp.”
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A recent, first-of-its-kind study authored by Dr. James Studnicki and a team of experts at the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) found that chemical abortion is a major public health threat. The study found that the rate of abortion-related emergency room visits following a chemical abortion increased by more than 500% from 2002 through 2015. By analyzing 423,000 confirmed abortions, CLI scholars also found that the rate of chemical abortion-related ER visits is growing much faster than surgical abortion-related ER visits, and chemical abortion makes subsequent abortions more dangerous.
Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Montana, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas have enacted state-level safeguards against mail-order abortion drugs. Several additional states are considering legislation to be introduced during the 2022 session.
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