For Immediate Release
April 13th, 2021
Director of External Affairs, Live Action
Live Action Condemns FDA Lifting Restrictions on Abortion Pill during COVID-19
Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced in a letter sent to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) that it will not enforce long-standing restrictions on the distribution of abortion drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, it will be possible to order the abortion pill regimen via mail, without an in-person medical consultation or supervision.
This year, Live Action, a human rights organization specializing in public education on abortion, led a coalition of 92 Members of Congress – 20 U.S. Senators led by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and 72 U.S. Representatives led by Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) – in sending letters urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remove the deadly abortion pill from the U.S. market by classifying it as an “imminent hazard to the public health.” The letters addressed the serious public health risks of the abortion pill and exposed the abortion industry’s push to lift the “Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy” (REMS) requirement for an in-person visit.
Under the REMS for Mifeprex, the abortion pill must be prescribed and dispensed in clinics, medical offices, or hospitals. REMS requires the supervision of a clinician who is certified to prescribe the pill, and women must sign an FDA approved “Patient Agreement” establishing informed consent to the pill’s risks. According to the REMS, prescribers of Mifeprex must be able to “assess the duration of pregnancy accurately,” “diagnose ectopic pregnancies,” and “provide surgical intervention in cases of incomplete abortion or severe bleeding.”
Founder and President of Live Action, Lila Rose, responds:
“Today’s decision is extremely reckless with women’s health and the lives of their preborn children. The abortion pill is not medicine or healthcare. The abortion pill was created to kill children, has caused a catastrophic death toll, and poses a serious threat to maternal health. Since the FDA first approved this drug, nearly 4 million preborn children have been killed. The FDA itself reports that at least 24 women have died from taking the pill. The FDA has also received over 4,000 reports of adverse events from women experiencing hospitalization, hemorrhage, excruciating abdominal pain, and severe life-threatening infections after taking the abortion pill regimen. The reality is that the ‘success’ of Mifeprex is a dead child. Real medicine does not result in a dead person. No nation should so endanger its most vulnerable members by sanctioning a drug explicitly designed to target and destroy them. Our leaders have a moral duty to stop the killing and ban this deadly drug.
“Because of today’s decision, women will be home alone delivering a dead child, unsure whether the volume of blood loss they see is ‘normal’ for the abortion procedure or them hemorrhaging and bleeding out. Unsure if the pain they feel is the ‘normal’ pain of the abortion procedure or pain from their ectopic pregnancy going undiagnosed and now threatening their life. Now, due to the utter carelessness of the FDA, the door has been opened for sexual predators to have the abortion pill delivered by mail so they can administer it to their victims and destroy the evidence of their sexual crimes.
“The FDA is out of line and the American people should respond en masse calling for them to pull the pill. In a move showing blatant disdain for the intellect of the American people, today’s letter from the FDA claims that the ‘small number of adverse events reported to the FDA during the COVID-19 public health emergency’ led to their decision. In reality, there is no requirement for the manufacturer of the pill, Danco Laboratories, or its generic, GenBioPro, to report any adverse reactions except death under REMS since 2016. In addition, there are no federal laws in place to require or track abortion complications across all states.
“The pro-life movement must respond by shining a light on the reality of what the abortion pill does to a preborn child, highlighting the reality of Abortion Pill Reversal as a way to potentially save the child’s life, and work to ensure that the women we know never take the abortion pill or commit any form of abortion against their child.”
Live Action is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to exposing the truth about abortion and affirming the life of every child. Live Action exists to change hearts and minds about abortion through compelling educational media, human interest stories, and investigative reporting that exposes the lies and corruption in the abortion industry. With the largest online following in the pro-life movement, Live Action’s videos and content reach millions of people every week. Find out more at http://www.liveaction.org