By Sarah Zagorski, Communications Director
Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated their regulations to allow the lethal chemical abortion pill regimen to be dispensed in pharmacies across the United States. CVS and Walgreens have already stated they plan to implement this in their pharmacies! This would make them an incredible large chain of abortion providers in our country, and this further normalizes the killing of babies while harming women in the process.
Chemical abortions, also known as medication abortion, utilize the deadly RU-496 regimen of Mifeprex (mifepristone), which weakens or kills the baby through starvation. Then, a second drug, Misoprostol, is taken to induce early labor for the deceased unborn child.
This decision certainly is a step back for our country. These new permissions from the FDA allow access to abortion pills without in-person visit with a physician therefore negating physician oversight. This is incredibly dangerous for women too because there is much higher complication rate than surgical abortion. Additionally, without physician instruction, women can receive these drugs without even confirmation of a positive pregnancy test, which can lead to hemorrhaging or even death.
National Right to Life said the following about the decision:
“Telemedicine abortions’ expose the worst and most dangerous features of chemical abortions. Besides potentially making a woman go through a horrific procedure all alone, she may see her dead child, and she may be unsure of whether her pain and cramping and bleeding are normal or whether she is bleeding to death.
Terrified and in pain, a woman may seek help at the emergency room but help there may be hindered. Some abortion supporters have recommended that women conceal from emergency room personnel their use of mifepristone and misoprostol, placing a woman further in danger.”
How does this impact Louisiana women?
Currently, abortion is illegal in Louisiana and this has not changed despite the new FDA regulations. Our pro-life laws, specifically the 2022 Mail-Order Abortion Prohibition Act (Act 548), prohibits the selling, prescribing, distributing, dispensing, or delivering of abortion-inducing drugs for use for elective abortion.
Learn more about the dangers of chemical abortion on our website by clicking here. To help women now before they seek out these drugs, please share our new resource, FindHelpLa.com where women can find a local pregnancy center in their community.