Nearly 100 Members of Congress Urge FDA to Remove Abortion Pill From Market

Nearly 100 Members of Congress Urge FDA to Remove Abortion Pill From Market

Ninety-two members of Congress have written the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) demanding the abortion pill be pulled from the market, calling it an “imminent hazard to the public health.”

A group of 20 Republican senators led by Ted Cruz of Texas, and another group of 72 GOP House members led by Georgia Rep. Jody Hice, separately sent a letter outlining the dangers of the abortion pill, including “adverse maternal reactions such as hemorrhage, excruciating abdominal pain and severe life-threatening infections.”

The lawmakers particularly focused on the increased popularity of telemedicine during the pandemic, which allows woman to take the abortion pill at home without medical supervision.

“By demedicalizing and deregulating the abortion pill,” the letter reads, “women will be left to engage in a form of ‘DIY’ chemical abortion, as the abortion industry collects payments, and as prescribers evade all legal risk and FDA oversight. This is unconscionable.”

The FDA first authorized the abortion pill in 2000, but the groups believe it should have never been approved, claiming that “the abortion industry was politically rewarded with an accelerated approval process normally reserved for high-risk drugs that address life-threatening illnesses like AIDS.”

“… [P]regnancy is not a life-threatening illness, and the abortion pill does not cure or prevent any disease,” they added. “Nevertheless, this pill that is specifically designed and intended to kill preborn children was raced to the market, with devastating consequences.”

After the letter was released, several media outlets accused the signatories of saying pregnancy was never “life-threatening.” Cruz responded by noting that the letter actually said pregnancy was “not a life-threatening illness.”

“The pro-abortion media loves to distort pro-lifers’ words,” he tweeted. “We didn’t say pregnancy was ‘not life-threatening.’ We said ‘pregnancy is ‘not a life-threatening illness’ that justifies the use of a pill that is known to kill women in addition to unborn babies.”

The letter follows a similar letter from pro-life and religious groups, including Samaritan’s Purse, Heartbeat International and the American College of Pediatricians, asking the FDA to “pull the abortion pill from the U.S. market immediately.”

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