Loeffler, Colleagues Send Letter to FDA Urging Abortion Pill Classification as Public Health Hazard
ATLANTA – U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) joined 20 senators in urging Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn to exercise the FDA’s authority to classify the abortion pill, Mifeprex (or mifepristone), as an “imminent hazard to the public health” that poses a “significant threat of danger,” a classification that would result in the removal of this pill from the U.S. Market.
“It is by now nakedly obvious that the abortion industry and its allies in the media, billionaire philanthropic circles, and special interest groups, have wanted an unregulated and demedicalized abortion pill since the moment the FDA first approved it in 2000,” the senators wrote. “As you may further know, the Clinton administration approved this lethal drug under pressure from these same groups and under a highly politicized approval process. We believe this deadly pill should never have been approved, yet the abortion industry was politically rewarded with an accelerated approval process normally reserved for high-risk drugs that address life-threatening illnesses like AIDS.
“According to FDA reporting, the abortion pill has taken more than 3.7 million preborn lives, caused 24 maternal deaths, and resulted in at least 4,195 adverse maternal reactions including hemorrhage, excruciating abdominal pain, and severe life-threatening infections. Of course, adverse events are notoriously underreported, which makes the true number impossible to assess. Moreover, as of 2016, abortion pill manufacturers are only required to report maternal deaths…To protect vulnerable women and children, we strongly urge the FDA to remove this deadly drug from the US market and exercise its authority under 21 CFR § 2.5, declaring it an ‘imminent hazard to public health.’”
The letter, led by U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.), was also signed by U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla..), Kevin Cramer (R- N.D.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.).
In the House, Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) led a group of 71 Representatives to send the letter to Commissioner Hahn.