By Dave Andrusko
Here’s a question to begin the last post of the day. What do we mean when we say someone or something is “relentless”?
According to various dictionaries it means “harsh or inflexible”; “showing or promising no abatement of severity, intensity, strength, or pace”: finally, how about “Someone who is relentless is determined to do something and refuses to give up, even if what they are doing is unpleasant or cruel”?
If those descriptions don’t apply 100% to the administration of President Joe Biden and its position on killing unborn babies, nothing would. Writing today in National Review Online, Lathan Watts headlines his essay “The Biden Administration is continuing its Relentless Push for Abortion.”
Even those of us who closely follow the Biden administration machinations would learn something new from Mr. Watts.
He starts off with something we have covered time and time (and time) again: The over-the-top unprincipled promotion of mifepristone, the abortion pill, better known as RU-486.
But before this there is his thesis:
Recent developments in ongoing litigation demonstrate two major points in the national debate over abortion policy and women’s health. First, the Biden administration’s contempt for the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is nearly boundless. Second, the Clinton-era canard that pro-abortion advocates want to keep abortion “safe, legal, and rare” can be dispensed with forever.
Mr. Watts’ first example illustrates how little stock the Biden Administration puts in sincere claims of conscience: The attempt by Biden administration to use the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act to force emergency-room doctors to perform abortions. Various pro-life groups asked the court to keep in place a lower court ruling halting the administration’s abuse of EMTALA to force doctors to harm women and their unborn children in emergency rooms in violation of state law.” Guess what? The appeals court unanimously agreed.
Back to mifepristone. The Biden Administration trots out the usual suspects—ACOG and Planned Parenthood—to “prove” that women have nothing to fear if they undergo a chemical abortion. However…
The FDA’s own label for these abortion drugs indicates that roughly one in 25 women who take the drugs will end up in the emergency room. After requiring critical safety standards for 16 years, the FDA betrayed women and girls and removed these standards.
Showing the agency’s cruel indifference to women’s health, the FDA approved the drugs to be delivered through the mail directly to women and girls — without them ever meeting with a doctor. Nothing about leaving young girls to take these drugs all alone at home with no medical attention is “safe, legal, and rare.” The FDA even eliminated the requirement for health-care providers to report any serious, nonfatal complications from the drug. As the saying goes, “there are none so blind as those who refuse to see.”
There are countless other examples—relentless attacks on the life-saving work of pregnancy help centers is just one of many. Watts’s conclusion provides a great summary:
Whether it is using EMTALA to force emergency-room doctors to endanger the lives of women or abandoning women and girls in their homes or dorm rooms to face life-threatening complications of abortion drugs on their own, the executive branch of our federal government has made clear its callous disregard for pregnant women and their unborn children, not to mention the American people’s right to empower women and protect life in their states without federal-government coercion. The Supreme Court will have its opportunity to rein in the administration’s brazen overreach this spring.