A senator from Mississippi has introduced legislation that aims to save moms and babies.
The Support And Value Expectant (SAVE) Moms and Babies Act from Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi) would prevent labeling changes, such as removing the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) for previously-approved abortion drugs. It would also prevent providers from "dispensing" these drugs remotely, by mail, or via telemedicine. Lastly, the SAVE Moms and Babies Act would prevent the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from approving new chemical abortion drugs.
Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, supports the measure.
"Currently, the chemical abortion procedure is a two-step process," says Tobias. "The woman seeking the chemical abortion would take the first step of pills, where basically her baby starves to death. And a couple of days later, she takes a second set of pills, which would expel that supposedly dead baby from her body."
The abortion industry has been pushing to get chemical abortion pills into the hands of women by sending them through the mail so the women go through what Tobias calls a dangerous procedure at home by themselves.
"We very much want to see safety limits placed on the abortion pill," Tobias adds. "We'd love to see it eradicated completely, but until that is done, we do need people to realize the FDA has acknowledged that at least 24 women in the United States have died using RU486. If we can get this very closely limited, if we can keep it out of the hands of people who want to just mail it to women willy-nilly … over the Internet, or because they called up and asked for it. We are very much in support of this legislation."
The chemical abortion procedure is repsponsible for nearly 40 percent of all abortions being performed.