Pro-Life Group Slams FDA for Putting Women at Risk With Dangerous Abortion Drugs

National   |   Students for Life   |   Dec 19, 2022   |   4:13PM   |   Washington, DC

Students for Life of America (SFLA) President Kristan Hawkins said that a second citizens’ petition has been filed continuing SFLA-SFLAction’s “What’s in the Water?” Project, calling on the FDA to return health and safety standards known as REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy) designed to save mothers’ lives when exposed to Chemical Abortion Pills. For example: Despite all the recent coverage of the risks of ectopic pregnancies, which can only be detected with an ultrasound, the Biden Administration reduced health and safety standards to no longer require that kind of screening – even though women who’ve had ectopic pregnancies have died after taking the pills, as the FDA reports, because those drugs don’t treat that life-threatening condition.

CLICK HERE FOR SFLA’S SECOND CITIZENS’ PETITION: Reverse the 2021 and 2016 Mifepristone REMS modification & restore the REMS as they were in 2011.

“Women’s lives don’t seem to matter to the Biden Administration as long as a baby is dying from an abortion,” said Hawkins. “The FDA will block baby food and e-cigarettes on suspicion of harm, but faced with known risks from deadly abortion drugs, they shrug their shoulders.”

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The second petition reports: “Mifepristone carries risks of life-threatening hemorrhage, infection, continued pregnancy, retained tissue, need for emergency surgery, and death. The 2011 regimen provided significantly more protections for patients than the 2016 regimen or the 2021 regimen. FDA should restore and strengthen elements of the Mifepristone regimen and provider requirements, including: limiting Mifeprex use to 49 days’ (7 weeks) gestation; requiring that Mifepristone be administered only by or under the supervision of a physically present physician; requiring three office visits by a patient who has been prescribed Mifepristone; and clarifying that Mifepristone use is contraindicated for patients who do not have convenient access to emergency medical care. The agency should restore the original Mifepristone REMS and return to limiting the dispensing of Mifepristone to patients in clinics, medical offices, and hospitals, by or under the supervision of a certified prescriber.”

Consider also that more than 30 years ago, when the two-drug regimen that is Chemical Abortion Pills were approved, it was done as an “emergency,” with reduced standards for approval. The petition notes: “When the FDA approved chemicals abortions, it did so under an accelerated process for drug approval under 21 C.F.R. § 314(H). Before chemical abortions were approved, this approval process had only been used on 30 drugs, all of which were for HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other debilitating diseases. Because chemical abortions were approved under this method, it did not have to go through testing for long-term effects that other drugs have to. This raises red flags as this drug could potentially cause more serious adverse side effects to women.”

Hawkins noted: “Drugs for ending life were pushed through without thorough examination, and after years of freedom of information requests, we still don’t know just what ‘studies’ the FDA relies on to allow them to stay on the market without better REMS, exactly where they are manufactured, or when those facilities were last inspected. After 30 years however, the emergency is long gone, and a failure to fully protect those exposed to the drug should require its removal from the market or at least a complete change in Biden’s No Test, Online Distribution scheme.”

Students for Life of America & Students for Life Action have long prioritized addressing the dangers of Chemical Abortion Pills, now the number one cause of death by abortion. You can read more about the new campaign addressing environmental harms in The Washington Post, including a second key article, as well as in Politico, and USA Today, among other publications.


CLICK HERE TO READ HAWKINS’ OP-ED at the National Review detailing how the pills can lead to injury, infertility, and even death to mothers as well as to the preborn.

Regarding SFLAction’s campaign to protect the environment from chemically tainted blood, tissue, and human remains, it’s important to note that  deliberately caused Chemical Abortion is vastly different from a spontaneous abortion, in the following ways:

  1. Dangerous Chemical Abortion Pills do not taint the remains of spontaneous abortions (miscarriages), which are also not planned events.
  2. Responsibility for protecting the environment from a business practice is with the person/business who began a chain of events leading to potential harms. The Chemical Abortion sales team and corporations, as the generators of medical waste, are responsible to clean it up.
  3. A Chemical Abortion Sales Team knows that they are starting a chain of events likely to ending with tainted tissue and blood and human remains in the wastewater system, and therefore are responsible to ensure protection of the environment.

To learn more about Chemical Abortion, go to This Is Chemical Abortion.