Collins Urges FDA to Classify “Abortion on Demand” Pill as “Hazard to Public Health”
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today joined Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) and 70 of their colleagues in sending a letter urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn to exercise the FDA’s authority to classify the abortion pill Mifeprex, also known as mifepristone, as an “imminent hazard to the public health” that poses a “significant threat of danger” and remove it from the market to protect both expecting mothers and their unborn babies.
“We believe this deadly pill should never have been approved, yet the abortion industry was politically rewarded with an accelerated approval process normally reserved for high-risk drugs that address life-threatening illnesses like AIDS,” they wrote. “As you are surely aware, pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness, and the abortion pill does no cure or prevent any disease. Nevertheless, this pill that is specifically designed and intended to kill preborn children was raced to the market, with devastating consequences."
The chemical abortion drug Mifeprex is marketed as a ‘quick fix’ for pregnancies. In reality, the drug targets and kills unborn babies while putting pregnant mothers at-risk. In addition to killing 3.7 million unborn babies, this pill has caused 24 maternal deaths and resulted in at least 4,195 adverse maternal reactions such as hemorrhages and infections. Due to the reckless ruling by one rogue federal judge in July, the situation has worsened, opening the door for Mifeprex to be used without the pregnant mother ever having an in-person consultation with a doctor.
“While we support the FDA’s continued fight to defend the REMS, to monitor dangerous clinical studies, and to shut down illegal websites, these measures alone fail to protect the thousands of women harmed even by compliant usage of this drug – or the millions of children killed,” they continued. “To protect vulnerable women and children, we strongly urge the FDA to remove this deadly drug from the U.S. market and exercise its authority under 21 CFR ∫ 2.5, declaring it an imminent hazard to public health.’”
The letter is supported by Live Action, Susan B. Anthony List, March for Life, Family Research Council, Samaritan’s Purse, Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission, American College of Pediatricians, Students for Life Action, Center for Family and Human Rights, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, Secular Pro-Life, and the Restoration Project.
Lila Rose, founder of Live Action, said: “The FDA should never have approved a drug designed to kill the most vulnerable members of our communities. Medicine preserves life - it does not end life. In addition to killing millions of children, Mifeprex injures and kills women. The FDA should correct the egregious wrong it committed twenty years ago when it kowtowed to pro-abortion politics under the Clinton Administration and approved the drug. Today, the FDA should classify the abortion pill as the threat that it is -- an imminent hazard to the public health -- and removing it from the US market immediately.”
For the full text of the letter, click here.