Jul 26, 2020

The media once wanted to end secrecy around the abortion pill. Today, transparency is needed more than ever.

There has been a lot of secrecy surrounding the abortion pill, used to end the lives of nearly four million preborn children between 2000 and 2018, including its manufacturing locations. The eugenics-founded Population Council initially brought the abortion pill into the U.S. and set up the pill’s for-profit manufacturer, Danco Laboratories, LLC – and today Danco’s location and many of its funders continue to be cloaked in secrecy. This is unprecedented, and it endangers women and girls.

Media stunned at secrecy surrounding the abortion pill

In the years leading up to the abortion pill’s FDA approval, multiple media outlets picked up on the abortion manufacturer’s secrecy. Initially, Danco itself was kept secret, and according to a 2000 Washington Post article, the FDA “took the unprecedented step of refusing to disclose the name or location of the manufacturer. In a separate article, the Washington Post wrote, “Secretive and obscure, Danco is one of the most enigmatic companies in the pharmaceutical industry… They say Danco intends to make a profit eventually.”

“In a strange twist, the FDA acceded to Danco’s request that the name of its manufacturer be kept secret — and even shielded the names of the FDA researchers who had overseen the pill’s approval,” reported the Orlando Sentinel. “Even FDA spokespeople — the public relations specialists who field reporters’ calls to the agency — are keeping their names confidential as a condition of being interviewed about the drug.”

In 1999, the New York Times discovered just how secret Danco’s manufacturing locations were.

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