Monday 21 November 2022

‘Pregnancy Is Not An Illness’: Doctors Sue FDA Over Approval of ‘Dangerous’ Abortion Pill

 Four national medical associations and four doctors are suing the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for “illegally” approving abortion drugs that they claim harm women, according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday.

The groups, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, are claiming that, “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.” 

The lawsuit alleges that the FDA had to designate pregnancy as an “illness” and the abortion drugs as providing a “meaningful therapeutic benefit” in order to get them approved so rapidly.

“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,” ADF Senior Counsel Julie Marie Blake said in a press release.

The lawsuit also points to several instances where the FDA “eliminated necessary safeguards” against easily obtaining the drug. In 2016, the FDA allowed women to take the drug up to the tenth week of pregnancy, instead of only at the seventh week, the organization said. In 2021, the FDA allowed doctors to send abortion drugs through the mail to pregnant women.

“The FDA’s approval of chemical abortion drugs has always stood on shaky legal and moral ground, and after years of evading responsibility, it’s time for the government to do what it’s legally required to do: protect the health and safety of vulnerable girls and women,” ADF Senior Counsel Erik Baptist said.

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