The FDA Just Made a Lethal Mistake | Opinion

"Abortion pills forever," chanted four abortion activists outside the Supreme Court in early December during oral arguments for the case Dobbs v. Jackson. The women, fittingly dressed in black, cheered as they appeared to swallow pills they claimed were the abortion pill regimen—which includes a second drug meant to be taken up to 48 hours later.

This morbid scene, which was intended to gain media attention, is completely out of touch with reality. The horrific truth is that the abortion pill starves a preborn child to death and is commonly taken when a woman is alone, scared and in a tremendous amount of pain—not to mention the possibility of enduring physical and mental complications.

On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new rules loosening the safety regulations related to the dispensation of the abortion-causing drug Mifepristone, which had come under fire in the case Chelius v. Becerra. Pro-abortion advocates claimed the restrictions—which included a requirement that patients pick up the pills directly from an approved doctor's office, hospital or health center—were medically unnecessary. In April, the FDA temporarily suspended the in-person requirement during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, it lifted these restrictions permanently.

The FDA has reported that nearly 5 million preborn children and 26 mothers have already been killed by the abortion pill since its approval in 2000. This decision will only result in more death. Even prior to the FDA's modification of safety regulations, the abortion industry was circumventing safeguards and shipping the abortion pill by mail. Now that the FDA has removed requirements of in-person medical supervision permanently, dangerous abortion pills will not only end the lives of preborn children but put even more mothers at grave medical risk.

It's common sense for a woman to consult her doctor for medical advice throughout her pregnancy, even in the tragic event that she decides to end her child's life. A woman may not be medically eligible to use the abortion pills depending on the gestational age of her child, her medical history and—most importantly—if she has an ectopic pregnancy. Even medical groups, such as the Mayo Clinic who endorse chemical abortion warn that mothers must see medical providers in person. Mayo states that doctors will likely confirm the pregnancy "with a physical exam" and "do an ultrasound exam to date the pregnancy and confirm it's not outside the uterus (ectopic pregnancy)." It acknowledges that having a chemical abortion is "a major decision with emotional and psychological consequences." So why would the FDA (and the greedy abortion industry) put women at risk and have them kill their child at home, alone?

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 01: (L-R) Lila Bonow, Alana Edmondson and Aiyana Knauer prepare to take abortion pill while demonstrating in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices hear hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, a case about a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks, on December 01, 2021 in Washington, DC. With the addition of conservative justices to the court by former President Donald Trump, experts believe this could be the most important abortion case in decades and could undermine or overturn Roe v. Wade. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A recent LA Times editorial urged the FDA to remove its regulations, and insisted that doing so was "following the science."

I agree that we must "follow the science." Science clearly confirms the humanity of each preborn child at the moment of fertilization when genetic traits such as ethnicity, hair color, eye color and more are already determined. It also tells us that chemical abortion is the violent killing of a very young human child through a two-step process. The first pill is meant to deprive the growing child of nutrients so that the baby starves to death; the second is meant to expel the child from the mother's uterus. The FDA's decision recklessly puts women at greater risk by allowing for personal coercion, gross misuse of the pills and the deaths of more children.

By permanently relaxing safety requirements, in some states, underage girls could order the pills online and dangerously self-administer them at school or alone in their bathrooms. Or worse, predatory abusers can order the pills to kill their preborn babies without mothers' consent, compounding the abuse.

As seen with the women on the courthouse steps, the abortion industry is intentionally misinforming the public about the consequences of chemical abortion, putting women and their preborn children in danger, rather than providing the support and care they need.

In the aforementioned editorial, the author claims "the FDA should treat the abortion pill the way it would treat other medications." While it's important to note that the abortion pill is not medicine, it's also worth pointing out that it would never be permissible, legal or even fathomable to have any lethal drug available online without restrictions. What's to stop people from stockpiling these pills and selling them—or even handing them out to minors?

The FDA did not uphold its duty to help keep Americans safe. Our federal government cowered from its responsibility to regulate drug safety under pressure from an abortion industry that wants to write its own rules. The FDA got it wrong last week. It should put these restrictions back in place, or the consequences for women and their children will be lethal.

Lila Rose is the founder and president of Live Action and author of Fighting for Life.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.