Republican Senator Ted Cruz co-authored a letter with 20 of his colleagues that calls for the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider the dangers of the abortion pill.
The letter specifically calls for FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn to “classify the abortion pill as an ‘imminent hazard to the public health’ that poses a ‘significant threat of danger’ and remove this pill from the U.S. market.”
Pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness, and the abortion pill does not cure or prevent any disease. Make no mistake, Mifeprex is a dangerous pill. That’s why 20 of my Republican colleagues and I are urging @US_FDA to classify it as such.https://t.co/zDZoCKKg9S
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) September 2, 2020
As the National Review reports, the senators describe the pill as an “imminent hazard to the public health” and a “significant threat of danger.”
“Given the devastating impact this drug has had on American women and children, we must now urge the FDA to exercise its authority under 21 CFR § 2.5 and classify the abortion pill as an ‘imminent hazard to the public health’ that poses a ‘significant threat of danger’ and remove this pill from the U.S. market,” the senators said.
The group also commented on the abortion industry’s attempt to use the coronavirus to bypass the FDA and its risk evaluation procedure. A federal judge ruled in the abortion industry’s favor in July of this year.
“We believe that this rogue judicial activism is a gross breach of the separation of powers, undermining the FDA’s statutory authority to ensure drug safety, while recklessly endangering American women and children,” the letter continued. They called the attempt an “opportunistic ploy to expand access to abortion under the fallacy that the REMS imposes an undue burden on women’s rights.”
The group said it is “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.”
They continued: “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. As you are surely aware, pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness, and the abortion pill does not cure or prevent any disease.”
As the National Review reports, the senate letter comes after Republican Congressman Jody Hice and more than 70 of his House colleagues signed a similar letter to the FDA.