Congress members demand FDA pull abortion pill from market

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It would seem glaringly obvious that a drug designed to kill off healthy life, often sickening others around the victim in the process, should not be on the U.S. pharmaceutical market. 

Yet it is taking action by 20 U.S. senators and 72 U.S. representatives to even begin the process of reclassifying the “abortion pill.” the members of Congress sent letters urging U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn to use FDA authority to declare the abortion pill an “imminent hazard to the public health” that poses a “significant threat of danger.” The reclassification would result in the abortion pill’s removal from the U.S. market.

The GOP senators were led by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the representatives by Georgia Rep. Jody Hice, according to Pregnancy Help News.

“[G]iven the devastating impact this drug has had on American women and children, we must now urge the FDA to exercise its authority under 21 CFR § 2.5 and classify the abortion pill as an “imminent hazard to the public health” that poses a “significant threat of danger” and remove this pill from the U.S. market,” read the letter from the senators.

“According to FDA reporting, the abortion pill has taken more than 3.7 million preborn lives, caused 24 maternal deaths, and resulted in at least 4,195 adverse maternal reactions including hemorrhage, excruciating abdominal pain, and severe life-threatening infections,” the letter said, noting that adverse effects are “notoriously underreported” and an actual number impossible to pin down.

Since the FDA OK’d two-drug chemical abortion in 2000, the agency’s safety standards reserved for high-risk drugs and procedures has applied to the abortion pill.

Sometimes referred to as RU-486, also known as mifepristone or the brand name Mifeprex, chemical abortion is a two-pill “treatment.” The first pill stops the mother’s womb from building up progesterone, a necessary hormone for pregnancy. The second pill, misoprostol, is taken one to two days later and causes the uterus to contract and expel the deceased child.

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