The freshman senator from Brunswick has joined a coalition in Georgia’s upper house of the General Assembly to sponsor a bill to ban mail-order abortion drugs in the state of Peach.
Republican Senator Sheila McNeill is one of 25 female senators to sign Senate Bill 351, dubbed the Women’s Health and Safety Act.
In addition to strengthening women’s informed consent, the measure seeks to ban the distribution of abortion pills in Georgia via telemedicine or mail.
Supporters see it as a response to a Biden administration move in December to weaken federal safety regulations against mail-order abortifacient drugs. They oppose Biden’s policy, which they say allows unsafe home and do-it-yourself abortions without necessary medical supervision.
The coalition fears that President Joe Biden’s appointment of Dr. Robert Califf, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration under President Barack Obama, to the FDA’s top job will mean a continuation of the practice of limiting drug requirements. statement for complications caused by chemical abortion. According to the coalition, the limited reports obscure the true dangers of abortion drugs despite evidence that they are unsafe.
Caitlin Connors, southern regional director of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), welcomed the bill.
“Following the Biden administration’s reckless decision to expand mail order abortifacient drugs, Georgia lawmakers are stepping up their fight against this urgent public health threat,” Connors said. “With a complication rate four times that of surgical abortion, data shows that chemical abortion puts women as well as their unborn children at risk.”
“We look forward to seeing this bill quickly signed into law by the legislature and pro-life Governor (Brian) Kemp.”
If the legislation passes, Georgia will join Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Montana, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas, all of which have adopted state-level safeguards against mail-order abortion drugs.
Other states are considering similar bills, according to the SBA listing.