FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 25, 2023
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Chemical Abortion Poses Leading Health Risk to Women as Well as Unborn Children
Washington, D.C. – In response to the abortion lobby suing North Carolina and West Virginia for their state laws protecting unborn children and their mothers from the dangers of chemical abortion, the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America issued the following statement:
“Mail-order abortion drugs have become a leading health risk to mothers and babies, with the chemical abortion pill regimen posing a 53% greater risk of an ER visit due to abortion complications compared to surgical abortion. The Biden-Harris FDA betrayed women by siding with the abortion industry and ignoring science, which points to the great need for oversight of dangerous abortion drugs,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA Pro-Life America. “Fifteen states have strong laws in effect protecting unborn children and their mothers from the horror of abortion. We stand with the people of North Carolina and West Virginia against the abortion lobby’s reckless push to mandate abortion on demand in every state. The FDA must do its job and safeguard Americans from this dire public health threat.”
Dr. Ingrid Skop, M.D., a board-certified OB/GYN and Director of Medical Affairs at Charlotte Lozier Institute, added:
“Just two weeks ago, I performed emergency surgery on a woman suffering from abortion pill complications. This was not an isolated incident. I know from personal experience as well as review of high-quality international studies that abortion pills can lead to hemorrhage, an unusual form of infection, complications in future pregnancies, retained pregnancy tissue and the need for follow-up surgery.
“Too often, abortionists give women the abortion pill and then wash their hands of any follow-up. It’s obstetrician-gynecologists like me who are left to treat the damage, and women who bear the emotional consequences. The abortion pill is a public health threat and it’s past time for the FDA to pay attention.”
This month, 22 pro-life state attorneys general led by Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall sent a letter to U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf urging the FDA to reverse its dangerous decision to eliminate in-person distribution of mifepristone.
In November, a group of doctors led by the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine sued the FDA for its reckless and inadequate screening of the dangerous abortion drug regimen including mifepristone, and progressive removal of restrictions designed to enhance safety for women.
Multiple peer-reviewed studies confirm that women are at risk of severe side effects after taking chemical abortion pills, including hemorrhaging, retained pregnancy tissue, the need for follow-up surgery, and even death. Lozier Institute peer-reviewed research has found women are also twice as likely to be admitted for surgery if their abortion pill-related complications are miscoded by emergency room personnel as resulting from a miscarriage.
For more information on the dangers of chemical abortion visit abortiondrugfacts.com.
Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America is a network of more than one million pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.