Biden administration neglects women’s health in rush not to enforce the FDA’s safety regulations on chemical abortions

By Dave Andrusko

With all eyes fixed on the Texas Heartbeat Law, which the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on last Friday, pro-abortion publications are flooded the internet with stories about selfless abortionists defiantly “fighting for my patients.”

Take Bhavik Kumar, who (he tells us) “After training as a family medicine physician across the country, I returned to my home state of Texas in 2015 because I believed that Texans need and deserve access to abortion care amid what were, at the time, some of the most extreme attacks on reproductive rights in the United States.”

Of course, from his perspective, things are worse now. Besides the heartbeat law, he hones in something that has not received as much attention: the use (or non-use) of telemedicine to provide “medication abortion” (chemical abortion).

Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, the Biden administration began allowing abortion drugs to be sold through the mail, bypassing the requirement that the woman sees a doctor in person. “Though efforts to get the FDA to drop regulations on mifepristone had been going on for years, advocates seized the pandemic as an opportunity to argue that women needed to be able to order these on line and have them delivered at home, supposedly to avoid having to expose themselves to the virus at clinics,” according to Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, NRLC Director of Education & Research.

“That all changed with the inauguration of President Joe Biden.  Almost immediately, the Biden administration announced that it would not be enforcing the FDA’s safety regulations on mifepristone. This essentially allowed women to order abortion pills online and administer them to themselves after they are delivered to their homes.”

Dr. O’Bannon added, “Officially, the suspension of these regulations is to last only as long as the pandemic, but the Biden’s FDA has pledged to consider dropping these regulation entirely in the coming months.”

“And they absolutely should,” Kumar wrote. “In 19 states, including Texas, using telehealth for any part of the process of providing medication abortion care is prohibited.”

Never mind the studies showing that “DIY” abortions are far more dangerous than when they are supervised by medical personnel. According to Carole Novielli, “In 2019, pro-abortion ER doctor Dara Kass told Vice  News that “Recently published  results of the Gynuity pilot project showed that 8 percent of their patients who received abortion medication sought follow-up care at a local urgent care clinic or emergency department.”

She added, a CLI study found that “women who had a chemical abortion followed by a second abortion of any type within the next 12 months were more than twice as likely to wind up in the emergency room.”

As for Kumar, “I care deeply about my patients having a safe and dignified health care experience.”

Tell that to all the women hurt by self-induced abortions.

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