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WSR: 2023-02-22

  • Ruling in Amarillo Federal Court Could Overrule FDA Approval of Abortion Pill Regimen
  • Wearing ‘Fairy Wings’ While Doing the Devil’s Work: Planned Parenthood On-Campus Club
  • Twenty State Attorneys General Warn Pharmacies It Is Illegal to Ship and Receive Abortifacients by Mail
  • Pharmacies Are Being Threatened: Sell the Abortion Pill Regimen or Lose Federal Funds

Four pro-life medical associations and four doctors are demanding the FDA stop playing politics with abortion-inducing drugs and set aside the unlawful FDA rulings that allow distribution of the deadly drugs mifepristone and misoprostol. According to their complaint filed by Alliance Defending Freedom in November of last year:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must protect the health, safety, and welfare of all Americans by rejecting or limiting the use of dangerous drugs.

But the FDA failed America’s women and girls when it chose politics over science and approved chemical abortion drugs for use in the United States. And it has continued to fail them by repeatedly removing even the most basic precautionary requirements associated with their use.

A ruling is expected from the Amarillo federal court as early as this week.

The pending decision brought radical pro-abortion leaders to Amarillo in early February to threaten protests if the court rules in favor of the pro-life medical organizations, while local pro-life forces turned out at the courthouse to express their support for overruling the FDA’s malfeasance and overreach.

The complaint in this case, Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. United States Food and Drug Administration, is packed with information that can serve as a primer on the history of government overstepping and misrepresentations that led to today’s slaughter of babies by the abortion pill regimen. It opens with a historical timeline and factual assessment of the situation:

Beginning in January 1993, on his second full day in office, President Bill Clinton directed his cabinet to legalize chemical abortion drugs in the United States.

President Clinton and his agency officials then pressured the French manufacturer of the key chemical abortion drug, mifepristone (also known as “RU486” and “Mifeprex”), to donate for free the U.S. patent rights of the drug to the Population Council—as its name suggests, an entity focused on population control. 

After receiving the patent rights to mifepristone, the Population Council submitted a new drug application, worked closely with the Clinton FDA during the review process, and, not surprisingly, obtained the agency’s approval on September 28, 2000—just over one month before the closely contested 2000 U.S. presidential election.

The only way the FDA could have approved chemical abortion drugs was to use its accelerated drug approval authority, necessitating the FDA to call pregnancy an “illness” and argue that these dangerous drugs provide a “meaningful therapeutic benefit” over existing treatments. 

But pregnancy is not an illness, nor do chemical abortion drugs provide a therapeutic benefit over surgical abortion. In asserting these transparently false conclusions, the FDA exceeded its regulatory authority to approve the drugs.

What’s more, the FDA needed to disavow science and the law because the FDA never studied the safety of the drugs under the labeled conditions of use despite being required to do so by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). The agency also ignored the potential impacts of the hormone-blocking regimen on the developing bodies of adolescent girls in violation of the Pediatric Research and Equity Act (PREA). And the FDA disregarded the substantial evidence that chemical abortion drugs cause more complications than even surgical abortions.

Since then, the FDA has not followed the science, reversed course, or fixed its mistakes—all to the detriment of women and girls. Instead, the FDA has doubled down on its actions and removed the few safeguards that were in place.

The complaint continues with its rundown of FDA malfeasance that brings us to where we are today, with the pills being illegally distributed by US mail. It petitions the court to “withdraw mifepristone and misoprostol as FDA-approved chemical abortion drugs and to withdraw actions to deregulate these chemical abortion drugs.” 

More than half of abortions today are committed via abortion pill. STOPP research shows that in 2021, Planned Parenthood operated 82% of all abortion facilities that rely on only abortion pills to terminate babies’ lives. Planned Parenthood remains at the epicenter of today’s panic-driven abortion pill push in the wake of the US Supreme Court Dobbs decision remanding abortion to the states.

Action Item: Please pray and fast for a ruling setting aside the FDA’s approval and continuing deregulation of mifepristone and misoprostol for killing preborn babies. The importance of a positive decision in this case cannot be overstated!

At the University of California in Santa Barbara, student members of Planned Parenthood Generation Action club wear fairy attire and go about campus spreading PP-provided ideology, free condoms, dental dams, and lube “with the hope of bringing STD rates down and keeping the campus community safe.” 

Boasting that the campus is known for its “hookup culture,” the campus newspaper reports “‘extremely high’ STD rates.” That’s no big surprise, when you realize that PP’s entire immoral ideology literally created the current hookup culture and its high STD rates and abortion rates, while trying to blame it on the churches and what it sees as the repulsive and impossible idea of abstaining from hookup sex.

Case in point: The St. Valentine’s Day edition of the UC Santa Barbara newspaper that promotes the campus PP club features quotes from a student, saying that “her experience with abstinence-only sex education at her Catholic high school made her realize the importance of advocacy for comprehensive sex education.” 

“We were taught that abstinence is the only option, which is obviously not too pertinent to too many people’s lives, especially in college,” she said. “So, I think just hearing that in high school really sparked a flame in me because I think it’s so important that we educate young people on safer sex practices, whether that’s having to do with STDs, preventing pregnancy, etc. because I really didn’t get to have that education.”

Had she listened carefully in her Catholic high school, she would have likely also learned that faithful marriage between one man and woman eliminates STDs and pregnancy outside of wedlock—thus eliminating most abortion—and that the nuclear family, also known as the domestic church, is the very heart of a healthy civilization.

In order to stop sexual debauchery and the grief and disorder that result from it, we must address the root of the problem. And at the very root of the problem stands Planned Parenthood. Until Planned Parenthood leaves the scene, there will always be chaos, promotion of illicit and harmful sexual trysts, high STD rates, and dead babies left in its wake.

STOPP stands ready to help you get and keep Planned Parenthood out of your schools and your community—work we have been very successfully engaged in since STOPP’s founding in 1985. Contact for information and strategic help!

Responding to announcements of two pharmacy giants that they will obtain and sell abortion pills through the mail, the Missouri state attorney general penned letters to the chief lawyers for Walgreens and CVS warning them that it is a violation of federal law, and in many states a violation of state law, to do so. The letters were signed by attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas.

The letters warn that the advice of the Biden administration’s lawyers to the US postal service to disregard the law is unsound and that it is the law—not the Biden administration’s view—that governs. “We reject the Biden administration’s bizarre interpretation, and we expect courts will as well,” the letter to CVS said. It details how “the Biden administration’s opinion fails to stand up even to the slightest amount of scrutiny.”

The letters clarify the law and serve as a warning to the drug businesses. “We emphasize that it is our responsibility as State Attorneys General to uphold the law and protect the health, safety, and well-being of women and unborn children in our states. Part of that responsibility includes ensuring that companies like yours are fully informed of the law so that harm does not come to our citizens,” the letter concludes.

Kudos to these attorneys general for forming a wall of protection and for signaling their intent to do their job to protect women, girls, and the preborn!

A February 7 press release from Texas’ attorney general Ken Paxton notes that in July 2022, the US Department of Health and Human Services issued guidance that “pharmacies must provide abortion-inducing drugs to women seeking elective abortions in order to stay in compliance with the Biden Administration’s view of federal law. The guidance threatened that pharmacies not falling in lockstep with Biden’s pro-abortion agenda would face the loss of Medicaid and Medicare funds.”

“The Biden Administration knows that it has no legal authority to institute this radical abortion agenda, so now it’s trying to intimidate every pharmacy in America by threatening to withhold federal funds,” said Paxton. “It’s not going to work. Texas and several other states across the country have dutifully passed laws to protect the unborn, and we are not going to back down just because unelected bureaucrats in Washington want to create illegal, extremist federal policies.” 

A lawsuit was filed against HHS on behalf of the state of Texas on February 7 to overturn the unlawful requirement. You can read the entire lawsuit here.

Reveling in their early victories granted by the Biden administration after the Dobbs case took the wind out of Planned Parenthood’s sails, a Planned Parenthood spokesperson said, “We’re in a national health care crisis and need officials at every level of government to do everything within their authority to fight for access to abortion. [Emphasis added.] Amid the Supreme Court stripping Americans of their constitutional right to abortion after nearly 50 years, we need an urgent and robust response to ensure people get the essential health care they need. Planned Parenthood is encouraged the administration is reaffirming its commitment to abortion access and looks forward to working toward implementation of these and other strategies to address this crisis.”

Planned Parenthood, like rust, never sleeps. It just keeps eroding the fabric of society with a vengeance. It is so interwoven with government at this point that it is hard to tell where one ends and the other begins.

We are reminded in this week’s scripture readings that some demons are only removed by fasting and prayer. On this Ash Wednesday, please make a commitment to pray and fast to end Planned Parenthood’s reign of terror over the preborn and the young people of our nation and our world.