House Democrats are pushing Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to increase access to abortion-inducing drugs.
On Tuesday, 12 Democratic congressmen from the House Oversight and Reform Committee sent a letter to the Secretary of HHS asking him to push the new Task Force on Access to Reproductive Health Care to act on this measure.
The Biden administration should “take immediate action to protect and expand access to medical abortion care consistent with the recent elimination of the medically unnecessary requirement for in-person distribution of the abortion drug mifepristone,” the letter, signed by Democratic congresswomen, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Cori Bush of Missouri and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
Becerra did not immediately respond to a Daily Wire request for comment.
This decision comes after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) restrictions removed demanding that mifepristone, an abortion pill, be administered in person last year. Women can now receive abortion drugs by mail.
The move was heavily criticized by lawmakers and pro-life activists.
“Every life is sacred: the lives of mothers and the lives of unborn children,” said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Pro-Life Activities Committee. said at the time. “Not only does this decision promote the tragic taking of unborn lives, it does little for the welfare of women in need.”
“Far from the support that women in crisis deserve, this decision would leave women alone in the midst of trauma, often without any medical care or follow-up,” he added.
House Democrats are now pushing Becerra to make abortion drugs even cheaper and more accessible.
“Now that the requirement for in-person distribution of mifepristone has been removed, the federal government must continue to use all the tools at its disposal to ensure medical abortion is accessible, affordable, and convenient for patients who request it.” , says Tuesday’s letter. , “including facilitating the delivery and safety of care through clinics, mail-order pharmacies, retail pharmacies, mail and other forms of delivery, and telehealth.”
Lawmakers asked to discuss this “urgent work” with members of the Task Force on Access to Reproductive Health Care, the letter said, saying giving women more abortion drugs helps ease the financial burdens of those women.
“Facilitating access to medical abortion care is crucial to advancing reproductive justice,” the women wrote in the letter.
The push for increased access to abortions by mail comes in the shadow of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizationthe Supreme Court case involving a 2018 Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks, dealing with the question of whether bans on abortions before fetal viability are constitutional.
It directly challenges the monumental capacity of the Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision. Should Roe vs. Wade would be reversed, the power to decide on abortion laws would revert to the states.
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