White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed Monday that women’s health is at risk because of new and continuing restrictions on killing unborn babies in elective abortions.
Speaking at the daily press briefing, Jean-Pierre criticized a federal judge in Texas for blocking 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.
“If the decision stands, it will put women’s health at risk and undermine the FDA’s ability to ensure patients have access to safe and effective medications when they need them the most,” Jean-Pierre said, according to Townhall.
But U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk ruled the opposite, that the FDA did not properly review safety risks before approving the abortion drug and instead caved to political pressure from pro-abortion activists and politicians.
“[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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Along with the risks to pregnant mothers, Kacsmaryk acknowledged how the abortion drug kills a human being with a “head, hands, and legs, … defined fingers and toes.”
He also faulted the Biden administration for putting women at further risk by allowing abortion pills to be sold through the mail “without physician oversight.” As a result, women are at higher risk of “undetected ectopic pregnancies, failure of rH factor incompatibility detection, and misdiagnosis of gestational age — all leading to severe or even fatal consequences,” the judge continued.
Jean-Pierre did not address or refute any of these points in her response to the ruling Monday, instead speaking vague generalities about abortion being a “fundamental freedom” that the judge and others are “stripping away” from Americans.
“It’s another step towards the ultimate goal that we’ve heard over and over again from anti-choice officials that both the state and – at the both the state and national level: eliminating access to abortion for all women in every state,” she said.
Jean-Pierre said the Biden administration is prepared for “this legal fight” and “will continue our work to protect reproductive rights to ensure that women can make their own decisions about their own bodies without government interfering.”
If the battle heads to the U.S. Supreme Court, as appears likely, she said the administration feels “confident that we’re going to win,” the report continues.
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.