Xavier Becerra Will Fight Ruling Blocking Abortion Pill, Says Protecting Babies is Not American

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Apr 10, 2023   |   10:05AM   |   Washington, DC

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra argued that protecting mothers and unborn babies from dangerous abortion drugs is un-American as he slammed a federal judge for blocking the abortion drug mifepristone.

Speaking with CNN host Dana Bash, the Biden administration leader said “every option is on the table” as they fight to overturn U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk’s ruling Friday, according to The AP.

“For America’s sake and for women’s sake, we have to prevail in this,” Becerra said, later adding: “Everything is on the table. The president said that way back when the Dobbs decision came out. Every option is on the table.”

“This is not America,” Becerra said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “What you saw by that one judge, in that one court, in that one state, that’s not America.”

Kacsmaryk’s decision Friday blocks the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of mifepristone, the main abortion drug used to kill unborn babies up to about 10 weeks of pregnancy. The judge agreed with Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine doctors that the FDA violated federal laws and ignored safety risks when it approved and later expanded use of the drug under the Biden administration. His ruling goes into effect later this week unless an appeals court blocks it.

“[O]ne thing is clear: the lack of restrictions resulted in many deaths and many more severe or life threatening adverse reactions. Due to FDA’s lax reporting requirements, the exact number is not ascertainable,” the judge wrote.

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The Biden administration already appealed the ruling, and Becerra said he believes they will win against the doctors’ lawsuit.

“We want the courts to overturn this reckless decision,” he told CNN. “We want yes that women continue to have access to a drug that’s proven itself safe. Millions of women have used this drug around the world.”

When asked what the Biden administration may do if the courts rule that the FDA decision was political and the abortion drug is unsafe, Becerra said they may undermine the court’s authority and allow the abortion drug to be sold anyway, The Hill reports.

“Are you taking it off the table that you will recommend the FDA ignore a ban?” Bash asked.

Becerra replied: “Everything is on the table. The president said that way back when the Dobbs decision came out every option is on the table.”

He continued: “And so I don’t care who the nine justices are on the Supreme Court or any court of appeal. They should be able to discern the difference between inserting their personal judgment and using the facts and evidence to make a legal ruling.”

But the facts presented by doctors with the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine indicate abortion drugs are not safe for mothers or unborn babies, and the FDA skirted the approval process by mis-classifying pregnancy as life-threatening illness.

In his ruling, Kacsmaryk also ruled that the Biden administration violated the federal Comstock Act when it began allowing the abortion drug to be sold through the mail starting at the end of 2021. The law prohibits the mailing of any abortion “article, instrument, substance, drug, medicine or thing.”

First approved under the Clinton administration, mifepristone is used to abort unborn babies up to about 10 weeks of pregnancy – although some abortionists use it later. It works by blocking the hormone progesterone and basically starving the unborn baby to death. Typically, abortion groups also prescribe a second drug, misoprostol, to induce labor and expel the baby’s body.

Studies indicate the risks of the abortion drug are more common than what abortion activists often claim, with as many as one in 17 women requiring hospital treatment.

Along with millions of unborn babies’ deaths, the FDA has linked mifepristone to at least 28 women’s deaths and 4,000 serious complications. 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.

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.

Another new study from the University of Toronto, “Short-Term Adverse Outcomes After Mifepristone–Misoprostol Versus Procedural Induced Abortion,” published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that one in ten women who took the abortion pill had to go to the emergency room, according to Pregnancy Help News.

Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the pro-abortion movement has been pushing abortion drugs even more heavily, and some groups send the drugs to women in pro-life states illegally.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration has been trying to expand the life-destroying drugs even further, first by allowing mifepristone to be sold through the mail without any direct medical supervision, and, more recently, by allowing pharmacies like Walgreens, CVS and RiteAid to sell them.

In California, public colleges and universities also now are required to provide abortion drugs for free on campus, and other Democrat-run states are considering similar mandates.