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Rep. Hice Leads 71 Members of Congress in Letter to FDA Commissioner Urging “Abortion on Demand” Pill Be Classified as “Hazard to Public Health”

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Washington, D.C., September 2, 2020 | comments

Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) led a group of 71 House Republican colleagues in 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.

“For years, the abortion industrial complex has pushed their radical ‘abortion on demand’ agenda while masquerading as champions of women’s health,” said Congressman Hice.

“They market the chemical abortion drug Mifeprex as a ‘quick fix’ for pregnancies. In reality, Mifeprex targets and kills unborn babies while also putting pregnant mothers at-risk. This drug is dangerous. 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.  Mifeprex should never have been approved to enter the market. 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. It’s time we get this dangerous pill off the market entirely.”

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.”

The 71 Members of Congress who cosigned and support this important call to action include: Ralph Abraham; Rick Allen; Kelly Armstrong; Brian Babin; Jim Banks; Andy Biggs; Mike Bost; Kevin Brady; Larry Buschon; Ted Budd; Michael Burgess; Bradley Byrne; Buddy Carter; Steve Chabot; Ben Cline; Michael Cloud; Doug Collins; Michael Conaway; Rick Crawford; Jeff Duncan; Neal Dunn; Tom Emmer; Ron Estes; Bill Flores; Jeff Fortenberry; Russ Fulcher; Greg Gianforte; Bob Gibbs; Louie Gohmert; Lance Gooden; Glenn Grothman; Michael Guest; Andy Harris; Vicky Hartzler; French Hill; Chris Jacobs; Dusty Johnson; Jim Jordan; John Joyce; Fred Keller; Mike Kelly; Trent Kelly; Steve King; David Kustoff; Doug LaMalfa; Doug Lamborn; Debbie Lesko; Roger Marshall; David McKinley; Carol Miller; Alex Mooney; Gregory Murphy; Ralph Norman; Pete Olson; Steven Palazzo; Gary Palmer; Scott Perry; Bill Posey; Martha Roby; David Roe; John Rose; David Rouzer; Chip Roy; Ross Spano; Gregory Steube; William Timmons; Randy Weber; Daniel Webster; Bruce Westerman; Roger Williams; and Ted Yoho.

For the full text of the letter, click here.


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