Due to pressure from the abortion industry, chemical abortion was introduced into the United States at the beginning of the 21st century, promising to revolutionize abortion provision. Nearly 20 years in, pro-life advocates must take care that this favorite tool of the abortion industry does not undo gains we have made over the past two decades.
Mifeprex, the first step in the two-pill chemical abortion regimen, was first approved in September of 2000 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As a dangerous drug, Mifeprex has a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) in place to regulate how, where, and by whom the pill may be administered. Currently, Mifeprex is only available in abortion clinics, not pharmacies. But even as the U.S. abortion rate has fallen over the past two decades, chemical abortions have risen from 70,500 abortions in 2001 to 339,640 abortions in 2017, according to estimates from the Guttmacher Institute. Danco Laboratories, the only legal distributor of mifepristone for pregnancy termination in the United States, states that over 4 million women have used the drug.
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