House Democrats push FDA to lift abortifacient drug protocols

A bottle and two pills of mifepristone, formerly known as RU-486, are seen in a handout photo. |

Pro-abortion lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to permanently eliminate safety protocols for dispensing drugs that cause miscarriage to end early first-trimester pregnancy , commonly referred to as “Risk, Assessment and Mitigation”. Strategies.”

A group of more than six dozen House Democrats, led by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., presented a resolution On Thursday, it would express “the sentiment of the House of Representatives that policies governing abortion care should be fair and science-based.” The resolution specifically addressed abortion pills, also known as chemical abortion or medical abortion. A chemical abortion has two components: mifepristone and misoprostol.

Lawmakers say REMS has “no medical basis” and echo FDA analysis that “the efficacy and safety of abortion pills have become well established through both research and experience.” , and serious complications have been extremely rare.” Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., a co-sponsor of the resolution, explained her goal in a declaration.

“As chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus, we are committed to removing all unnecessary barriers to abortion care, including onerous and unnecessary restrictions on the use of medical abortion,” she said. . “We look forward to working with the FDA to ensure that any policy regarding the use of mifepristone is based solely on science and evidence, not politics or ideology.”

The resolution comes after the FDA approved the temporary suspension of REMS earlier this year, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for such a decision. Pro-abortion politicians and activists believe women should be given the option of getting abortion drugs through the mail because of the dangers posed by the pandemic. Pro-abortion lawmakers who co-sponsored the resolution have indicated their desire to make these changes to REMS permanent.

As explained in the resolution, REMS “requires that it be delivered to patients in person, that healthcare providers who prescribe mifepristone receive certification before doing so, and that certified prescribers obtain a signed safety agreement. patients before prescribing mifepristone”.

The lawmakers’ resolution noted that “on May 7, 2021, the FDA indicated that it was conducting an evidence-based review of REMS for mifepristone,” the lawmakers argued that the policies surrounding the distribution of the abortion pill should “be based on science”. and based on scientific review of available medical evidence” and “ensure equitable access for patients adversely affected by the restrictions…”

This isn’t the first time the FDA has been pressured to change its safety guidelines for the use of abortion-inducing drugs.

When mifepristone first came out, the FDA had a protocol for it to be used for seven weeks pregnant or 49 days after conception, according to director Sue Turner. Doctors for Life.

Because many abortion clinics in the United States were ignoring FDA protocol and using the drug in chemical abortions for up to 60 days, states began to pass regulations stipulating that they must follow FDA protocol. FDA. “They didn’t want to have to follow FDA protocol, so [then President] Obama asked the FDA to change it to the later date, the 60 days, to match what abortion providers were doing,” Turner told the Christian Post in a previous interview.

“The drug was less effective,” she said, “and the abortionists then also had to perform surgical abortion, which meant women were charged for both chemical and surgical procedures.”

Mifepristone, which blocks the pregnancy hormone progesterone, is one dose of the abortion bill. Patients have the option of reversing the effects of mifepristone before taking misoprostol, but once they take misoprostol, which induces contractions and miscarriage, the effects are irreversible.

While pro-abortion lawmakers argue that abortion pills are safe, pro-life groups have repeatedly warned that abortion pills have unwanted side effects. Students for Life of America has partnered with Charlotte Pence Bond, daughter of former Vice President Mike Pence, to create a new docuseries titled “This is Chemical Abortion”, designed to highlight the dangers of chemical abortions.

Last year, pro-life group Live Action produced an investigative report titled “Abortion Pill Kills”, which highlighted the complications women can experience after taking abortion pills.

These side effects include “severe cramping, twitching, and heavy bleeding.” According to the report, the bleeding can often last from nine to 16 days, but in 8% of cases the bleeding lasts longer than 30 days.

The debate over the abortion pill and the safety protocols in place governing its administration has accelerated over the past year. As Democrats and pro-abortion activists pushed to relax REMS, Republican lawmakers wrote a letter to the FDA, asking the government agency to label the abortion pill “lethal” and classify it as a ” threat to women’s health.

While a federal judge struck down REMS last summer, allowing women to get the abortion pill by mail, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated it about a week before the Trump administration stepped down. duties in January. In response to pressure from Democrats to ensure easy access to abortion drugs, several states have Laws passed impose restrictions on the availability of chemical abortion.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: [email protected]

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