An abortion pill could soon be blocked nationwide if a Texas judge rules that the FDA failed to follow proper protocol when it initially approved mifepristone to end the lives of preborn children.
The “abortion pill” is actually multiple pills, with mifepristone as the first drug in the process and misoprostol as the second. Mifepristone kills the preborn child by starving him or her to death, and misoprostol expels the deceased baby.
A new lawsuit brought by four medical associations, four doctors, and Alliance Defending Freedom argues that the FDA violated its own standards in approving the two-step abortion process and later by eliminating and loosening safeguards that protected pregnant women.
Pro-abortion groups are notably scared of this case, which is a sign for Pro-Life advocates to be hopeful for a good ruling.
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Chemical abortions are committed early in pregnancies and have become the primary procedure for abortion nationally.
If Federal District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk of the Northern District of Texas rules in favor of the Pro-Life doctors and groups, his decision could rescind FDA approval of mifepristone and thereby block the distribution of this abortion-inducing drug nationwide.
Judge Kacsmaryk scheduled a hearing on Wednesday to evaluate the arguments of both sides. This case has been in Kacsmaryk’s court since it was filed in November 2022, and he could announce his ruling at any time.
Kacsmaryk is a Trump appointee to an Amarillo, Texas, court.
Every abortion ends the life of the innocent preborn child, but chemical abortion is additionally dangerous for the pregnant mother. Studies show that 1 in 5 women experience an adverse event following a chemical abortion, the rate of complications for chemical abortions are four times higher than surgical abortions, and they require follow-up surgical abortion in 3-8% of cases. This type of abortion takes much longer and involves more bleeding and pain, and complications increase exponentially with the baby’s increasing gestational age.
Doctors, however, should not be concerned about changing their protocol for treating miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies. While miscarriage treatment can indeed involve similar drugs and procedures as elective abortion, every Pro-Life state in America clarifies in law that if a procedure is done to remove a deceased child who passed away by spontaneous miscarriage, there was no intent to end that child’s life, and it is therefore not defined as an abortion. Also, a potential ruling does not prohibit removing a living child with the intent to provide treatment to the child or to save the life of the mother, such as an early induced delivery.
Pro-Life laws contain exceptions for instances in which the life of the mother is threatened. The law requires that the threat be foreseeable and doctors therefore may act within their reasonable medical judgment as soon as the threat is identified. Pro-Life policies do not require physicians to delay necessary care until the danger is imminent in order to treat a mother.
If the judge rules on the side of Life and rescinds FDA approval of the first abortion pill, the FDA would have to restart its screening process the same way it would for any other drug.
Abortionists are expected to resort to only using the second drug, misoprostol, to continue committing chemical abortions. Their actions could further endanger pregnant women.
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