Kansas Leading this Pro-life Fight

By Anne Reed

Attorneys general from 23 states are fighting for the lives of mothers and children in their states by joining a lawsuit filed by The Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine (AHM) on November 18, 2022. A U.S. District Court judge in Texas, appointed by former President Donald Trump, is expected to decide the case soon.

The Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys argue in the 113-page lawsuit that the FDA failed “to abide by its legal obligations to protect the health, safety, and welfare of women and girls when the agency authorized the chemical abortion drugs mifepristone and misoprostol for use in the United States and subsequently eliminated necessary safeguards for pregnant women and girls who undergo this dangerous drug regimen.”

23 States Sue the FDA on behalf of Women and Babies

Following are the states that have joined the AHMs lawsuit to reverse approval of the dangerous chemical abortion pills:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana  
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

In a dramatic turn of events, however, a coalition of Democrat attorneys general also filed a lawsuit against the FDA to force the federal agency’s hand in the other direction. The plaintiffs demand that the few remaining restrictions left on the chemical abortion drugs be lifted and that its availability drastically increase.

Biden’s FDA already removed the requirement for in-person dispensing. Without that safeguard in place, women receive no physical exam or ultrasound to diagnose ectopic pregnancy and other risk factors. When a pregnant woman has an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy, ingests the abortion inducing chemicals, she is not likely to recognize the symptoms of a ruptured fallopian tube (pain and massive blood loss) because mifepristone, the drug that killed her baby, has already caused the same symptoms. She is, therefore, far less likely to secure life-saving medical care.

And more recently, in early January, the FDA changed the label of mifepristone to allow for the dangerous drug to be dispensed by retail pharmacies like neighborhood Walgreens, CVS, and Rite-Aid stores.

12 States Sue the FDA ‘Demanding’ Chemical Abortion on Demand

The new lawsuit was filed against the FDA February 23 by Washington Attorney General Robert Ferguson and 11 other states. The plaintiffs claim the few remaining restrictions the FDA has kept in place for Mifepristone are burdensome: documentation of the drug’s use and some limitations concerning who can prescribe and dispense the drugs.

The states included in this lawsuit seeking chemical abortion on demand are as follows:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington

Proven Dangers

The latest data from the CDC shows that of the approximate 620,327 abortions that took place in 2020, more than half of them (53 percent) were chemical abortions. And two percent of all abortions included complications.

In other words, about 12,460 girls and women who were subjected to an abortion experienced some type of complication. Since more than half of abortions are committed at home using these destructive chemicals, girls and women are left alone to suffer these painfully devastating consequences.

And according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, chemical abortions have a complication rate that is four times higher than surgical abortions. These chemical abortions are 50% more likely to result in emergency care at a hospital.

Additionally, pharmacy distribution of these abortion-inducing chemicals expose more women to life-threatening complications and increased chances of coercive and forced abortions.

“But the abortion cartel wants even less restrictions,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are proud to see our home state of Kansas and 22 other states fighting for the lives of women and children.

“We are also saddened beyond words to see another coalition of 12 states showing such an unbelievably reckless disregard for innocent infant life in the womb and their mothers – determined to put them at even more risk.”   

Operation Rescue appreciates and celebrates the successful efforts of Attorney General Kris Kobach who wrote a letter warning Walgreens against dispensing these deadly abortions pills in Kansas. As a result, Walgreens will not be dispensing the unsafe abortion-inducing drugs in the state of Kansas.

Action Steps

If you live in a state working to protect mothers and babies from the dangers of chemical abortion, Operation Rescue encourages you to contact the office of your state attorney general to express your gratitude and share ideas for additional action steps to be taken. Consider the successful action taken in Kansas to prevent pharmacy distribution of chemical abortion pills.

You can also express discontent if your attorney general has remained neutral on this issue or is endangering the lives of women and children through support of chemical abortion on demand.

“Learn the specifics of your state, keep your legislators educated and encouraged,” said Newman. “Remember, they work for you.”

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