Pro-abortion House Democrats want FDA to permanently lift the in-person requirements on medication abortion

By Dave Andrusko

It’s no secret the Abortion Industry used the Covid pandemic to attempt to secure a temporary reprieve from the requirement that women undergoing chemical abortions first meet in person with medical personnel. The goal has always been a permanent end to this FDA requirement, greasing the skids for dangerous at-home “Do-It-Yourself” abortions.

Then, in April, as Nancy Flanders wrote, the ever-accompanying pro-abortion Biden administration “announced that it would temporarily lift an FDA safety rule known as REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy) in place since 2000 that states the abortion pill must be dispensed by a certified prescriber and administered in a medical setting.” 

Why is that important? “These safety measures help ensure that a preborn child is no more than 10 weeks old (the age limit for the abortion pill), that the mother is not experiencing an ectopic pregnancy — in which case the abortion pill could cause her to hemorrhage and die — and that she has a doctor who is following her care.”

Of course, the Biden administration’s decision to “temporarily lift” a requirement intended to safeguard women’s health was just one step. NBC News today (surprise, surprise) reported that “A group of Democrats on the House Oversight Committee announced a resolution Thursday pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to permanently lift the in-person requirements on medication abortion, as the agency is evaluating its rules on abortion pills.”

Today’s resolution is backed by the usual pro-abortion ringleaders: “Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney of New York, Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado, Rep. Barbara Lee of California, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.”

NRL News Today asked our resident expert on all matters related to “medication abortion” (chemically-induced abortion), NRL Director of Education & Research Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, what this means, especially the timing.

“I wonder if anybody ever notices how these releases are so strategically timed?” he said.

“Calls from politicians bought and paid for by the abortion lobby for ‘policies related to medication abortion’ to be ‘grounded in science’ and ‘ensure equitable access for patients’ are patently insincere. They would be almost laughable, if it were not that real science has shown chemical abortions are dangerous for these mothers and deadly for unborn babies.”

Dr. O’Bannon outlined some sobering data from the FDA. 

These abortions fail or are incomplete anywhere from 2-7% of the time. “This means potentially thousands of women showing up at emergency rooms needing some surgical procedure to stop the bleeding, or because the aborted child or amniotic or placental tissue did not completely pass from the uterus,” he said.

“This, of course, is a conservative estimate,” Dr. O’Bannon warned. “Without monitoring, without the careful direction of a medical professional, without her pregnancy professionally dated, without being screened to ensure she does not have an ectopic pregnancy , without qualified medical intervention available nearby, the number of failures and complications could skyrocket.”   

He concluded, “Advocates are playing with fire, risking the lives of thousands of women who don’t know the chances they are taking and may not have any way of getting the emergency medical attention they may need.”