In the 20 years since its approval, the abortion pill has been responsible for the deaths of dozens of women and has caused thousands of serious adverse effects. Yet these complications appear to go unnoticed, and now the abortion industry is unleashing every arsenal they have to pressure the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remove an important safety requirement for the abortion pill.
The Risk Evaluation and Mitigation System (REMS) requires that mifepristone — one of the two drugs in the abortion pill protocol — “must be dispensed to patients only in certain healthcare settings, specifically clinics, medical offices, and hospitals, by or under the supervision of a certified prescriber.” According to the FDA, REMS is a “drug safety program that the… FDA can require for certain medications with serious safety concerns.” Only a few medications actually require REMS, but amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the abortion industry has focused more of its efforts on pushing for DIY, at-home abortions. That can’t happen if REMS continues to apply to mifepristone. Although this safety requirement exists to protect women, abortion advocates have now sued to end REMS for the abortion pill so women can access chemical abortions at home without medical personnel present.
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