Multiple organizations are petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to pull authorization for the abortion pill.
RU-486, the abortion pill combo, is known to have killed 24 women in the U.S. alone, and more than 4,000 have suffered consequences serious enough to be hospitalized. Alison Centofante, advocate for the pro-life organization Live Action, tells OneNewsNow that's why there are restrictions on the regimen.
"The FDA has said you can only give out this pill in certain medical settings. You have to be able to perform an ultrasound, you have to be able to date a pregnancy, and [you have to be able] diagnosis an ectopic pregnancy,” Centofante explains. Two of the 24 women who have died did have ectopic pregnancies.
But the pro-lifer explains that the abortion industry has sidestepped the regulations in order to fast-track distribution of the pill through the mail – meaning there would be no medical evaluation and no ultrasound to determine whether the pill can be safely used. When COVID-19 hit, many facilities were closed but most abortion clinics stayed open saying they were an "essential" service; and in mid-July a federal judge's ruling did away with the in-person requirement.
Centofante contends the push of the deadly regimen is abortion clinics' way of avoiding the hurdles put in place by COVID-19 by moving everything to virtual.
"They change the goal posts all the time, they change the rules. At the end of the day it's about profit for them," Centofante relays. "It's not about women's safety, none of that. It's always about profit."
Live Action and 22 other major pro-life and human rights groups as well as two medical organizations have called on the FDA to take the pill off the market. Advocates are calling on people to sign a petition to aid in that effort.