FDA Approves Telemedicine Abortions During 'Pandemic'

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized telemedicine abortions on April 12, 2021. This allows people to receive the abortion pill Mifepristone by mail.

Previously, the Trump administration reinstated an FDA rule that mandated patients visit an office in person to receive abortion-inducing drugs. Lower courts challenged the rule, but in January, the Supreme Court upheld the FDA requirement.

Now, under the Biden administration, the FDA has removed this restriction for the remainder of the COVID-19 “pandemic.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) praised the move, while the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) voiced serious concerns over how this will endanger women’s health.

Dr. Christina Francis, AAPLOG president, said the FDA’s decision ignores “the thousands of women who are showing up in their local emergency rooms due to heavy bleeding, retained tissue, infection or other complications as a result of medication abortions.”

Studies show 5-8% of women need to visit the ER after taking abortion pills, according to Dr. Francis.
 
“Five percent of the 3.7 million women who have used Mifepristone according to FDA estimates means at least 185,000 women have suffered and needed surgery and medical treatment as a result,” Dr. Francis said. And it is widely known that the number of adverse events is underreported.

The new rule is only in effect for the duration of the “pandemic.” It is unknown how the restrictions will be addressed once the “pandemic” ends.

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