Democrats Want FDA to Block States From Banning Abortion Pills

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 18, 2022   |   5:14PM   |   Washington, DC

Despite growing reports of the dangers of mail-order abortions to both mothers and unborn babies, Democrat lawmakers are doubling down on their attempts to expand them.

On Monday, U.S. House Democrats introduced a resolution that would encourage the Food and Drug Administration to ignore state laws that ban the abortion drugs, The Hill reports.

The resolution has the support of major abortion groups, including the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the National Women’s Law Center.

Sponsored by U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette, of Colorado, and Mondaire Jones, of New York, the resolution “reaffirms the FDA’s authority to prevent states from enacting regulations that limit or prohibit patients from accessing reproductive health products approved by the agency,” including abortion drugs through the mail, according to The Hill.

Here’s more from the report:

It also emphasizes the authority of the U.S. Attorney General to take action against any state that enacts a law that prohibits or limits a patient’s ability to access or use such products. …

Attorney General Merrick Garland in June indicated the Justice Department will take action against states that ban abortion pills, though it’s unclear if the federal government has that authority.

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Due to actions by the Biden administration in 2021, abortion facilities now may sell abortion drugs through the mail without ever seeing the woman in person. Instead, many chat briefly with the patient (or potentially an abuser) over the phone or computer before sending the abortion drugs through the mail.

A number of states ban telemedicine/mail-order abortions by requiring the abortionist to meet the woman in person before prescribing the drugs, and others now ban abortions entirely. But Democrat leaders and abortion groups are trying to get around these life-saving laws through lawsuits, assumed FDA authority and other efforts.

Typically, the abortion drugs mifepristone and misoprostol are prescribed together to abort unborn babies up to 10 weeks of pregnancy. In the United States, the FDA has linked mifepristone to at least 26 women’s deaths and 4,000 serious complications between 2000 and 2018. However, under President Barack Obama, the FDA stopped requiring that non-fatal complications from mifepristone be reported. So the numbers almost certainly are much higher.

In England, which began allowing mail-order abortion drugs around the same time as the U.S., new investigations show a huge increase in ambulance calls and reports of coercion and abuse. There also have been reports of late-term babies being born alive at home as a result of mail-order abortion drugs because their mothers did not realize how far along they were.

With telemedicine/mail-order abortions, it also is more difficult to detect life-threatening ectopic pregnancies, and abortion drugs do not treat ectopic pregnancies, Dr. Christina Francis of the American Association of Pro-Life OB-GYNs told Aleteia recently. Emphasizing just how dangerous this could be, she said a woman may take abortion drugs with an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy and then mistake warning signs as symptoms of the abortion.

“I can tell you from personal experience caring for women who have ruptured ectopic pregnancies that within just a few hours they can go from feeling fine to being in hemorrhagic shock and facing death, so if you get this delay in care because she’s sitting at home thinking ‘Oh, they told me I was going to have some pain; they told me I was going to have some bleeding, and it’s all very normal,’ she doesn’t seek care,” Francis said.

Coercion and abuse also are concerns. LifeNews has reported a number of stories in recent years about sex traffickers, abusive partners and parents forcing or tricking pregnant women and girls into aborting their unborn babies. Even a midwife with the abortion chain MSI Reproductive Health recently told the BBC that recognizing coercion is a big problem among abortion providers, and the new mail-order abortion practice makes it even worse.

Abortion drugs are putting millions of women’s and unborn babies’ lives at risk. Mifepristone now is used for more than half of all abortions in the United States, according to a report from the Guttmacher Institute. In 2020, the drug was responsible for 54 percent of all unborn babies’ abortion deaths, up from 39 percent in 2017, the pro-abortion research group found.

The risks of the abortion drugs are more common than what abortion activists often claim, with as many as one in 17 women requiring hospital treatment. A recent study by the Charlotte Lozier Institute found that the rate of abortion-related emergency room visits by women taking the abortion drug increased more than 500 percent between 2002 and 2015.