Pro Life Advocates Sue FDA Over Abortion Pills Going Out to Shelves

Pro-life activists have filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after the agency authorized the sale of a hazardous abortion medication. Townhall reports four national medical groups and four medical professionals asserted in a lawsuit that the FDA “illegally” approved a medicine knowing that it could be harmful to women.

Conservative organization The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit in Texas, claiming that the FDA lacked the jurisdiction to approve the dangerous medication mifepristone. They also claim that the FDA did not thoroughly research the drug and that it could be hazardous. The organization argues that the FDA deemed pregnancy an “illness” and that the pill provided a “meaningful therapeutic benefit” to get them approved quickly. 

The suit states, “The FDA failed America’s women and girls when it chose politics over science and approved chemical abortion drugs for use in the United States.” ADF Senior Counsel Julie Marie Blake explained, “Pregnancy is not an illness, and chemical abortion drugs don’t provide a therapeutic benefit—they end a baby’s life and they pose serious and life-threatening complications to the mother.”

In 2016, the FDA declared that the drug could be used up until ten weeks of pregnancy and authorized its mailing in certain states. Nine Democratic senators encouraged the FDA on Friday to work fast while the lawsuit is still pending so that it may permanently permit the pills to be mail-ordered and make any changes that would make accessing the drug easy.

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