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    ACLU Suing FDA To Make Abortion Pill OTC



    The American Civil liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit this week that could ultimately allow pharmacies to sell the controversial abortion pill, RU-486, to women at any stage of pregnancy and without medical oversight.

    The suit is being brought against the Federal Drug Administration on behalf of Hawaii-based Dr. Graham Chelius, who says he was motivated after his female patients that were seeking abortions had no options.

    "There are no abortion providers on our island," Chelius said to NPR, "so if one of my patients wants to end her pregnancy, she has to fly to a different island 150 miles away to get this care."

    The Chelius-ACLU lawsuit, which also lists several professional health-care associations as plaintiffs, is challenging a longstanding FDA regulation on RU-486, also known as the morning-after pill, that prevents it from being distributed anywhere other than a medical facility under the direction of a certified provider. Such a provider must pre-register with the drug’s manufacturer, keep the drug in stock and be capable of providing a surgical abortion if complications surface along with other requirements.

    Chelius tells NPR that the rules surrounding RU-486 are inefficient.

    "The FDA restrictions create delays that often push medication abortion out of reach of my patients," he said. "And some of my patients are simply unable to make this trip and instead have been forced to carry a pregnancy to term against their will."

    The ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project agrees and says that the abortion pill is safe and effective and that it should be more accessible.

    “Mifeprex is a safe and effective medication that offers a woman the option of undergoing a process identical to an early miscarriage at home,” reads a statement by the Reproductive Freedom Project. “It allows a woman to end a pregnancy on her own terms. Nearly 3 million women in the United States have used the abortion pill to end a pregnancy since the FDA approved it in 2000. But the FDA has prohibited patients from getting this prescription drug in the usual way — with a prescription from a pharmacy.”

    Many pro-life groups have been campaigning against it for years, citing ethical issues and safety concerns due to confirmed adverse health effects. Some critics say that close medical supervision is needed when taking the abortion pill.

    "Is the pharmacist going to answer her call at 5 in the morning when she's suffering or needs some help,” Dr. Donna Harrison, executive director of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said to NPR.

    “The pharmacist is not going to be there."
    ACLU suing FDA to make abortion pill available in all US pharmacies | Fox News

    The ACLU is going to win this one, I predict. Mifeprex has been used safely around the world, and there is no sound medical reason to prevent women and girls from easily accessing it. This will be an enormous blessing to women and girls all over the country, as more and more do not have access to a surgical abortion.

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    It needs to be available on line for postal delivery. No woman should be forced to be a human incubator against her will.
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    I am not all that well-acquainted with the medical facts on this drug; I think it has limited efficacy as an abortifacient after the early stage of pregnancy has passed. But it is not the only such drug in existence. The bottom line is, very few females benefit from a surgical vs. a drug-related abortion, and wider availability of all these drugs is in the public's best interests.

    Most likely, requiring only a pharmacist's advice.

    Trump's FDA is headed up by an extreme anti-sex person, Scott Gottlieb. He opposed the provisions of Obamacare that forced insurance policies to cover contraceptive care, thinks the IUD is an abortifacient, and is likely to push rules allowing pharmacists to deny customers access to birth control and abortifacients on "conscience rights" grounds.

    https://www.thenation.com/article/tr...birth-control/

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    It needs to be available on line for postal delivery. No woman should be forced to be a human incubator against her will.
    You could say this about ANY drug a customer needs to speak to the pharmacist to obtain. As far as I know, that's only Sudafed and other drugs that can be used to make meth, and the "conversation" involves showing an ID and signing a register.

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    Right Wing theocrats running the government, oh, joy.
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    That is why you see the last ditch effort by states and the federal government to move viability to 20 weeks.

    The writing is on the wall. With the newer versions of abortificients coming to market, the need for second semester abortions will drop.

    Same with Trump's lame directive to allow businesses not to cover BC in their insurance coverage. Extremely shortsighted on Trump administration as BC has other uses than just BC..

    Everything the GOP does is ...last ditch
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    Right Wing theocrats running the government, oh, joy.
    They did so during Obama's administration; these drugs are not new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    That is why you see the last ditch effort by states and the federal government to move viability to 20 weeks.

    The writing is on the wall. With the newer versions of abortificients coming to market, the need for second semester abortions will drop.

    Same with Trump's lame directive to allow businesses not to cover BC in their insurance coverage. Extremely shortsighted on Trump administration as BC has other uses than just BC..

    Everything the GOP does is ...last ditch
    What "other uses" does BC have? I assume you are referring to the Pill?

    You don't mean to alleviate painful periods, I presume.

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    Cultural Liabilities

    " Cultural Liabilities "

    * Psychopathology *

    A concern about plan b one step is whether some one with a mental disorder walks out of the pharmacy and administers the two pills to someone in a malicious effort to end their pregnancy .

    Therefore , should there be a requirement to ingest the two pills in presence of an acting medical clinician ?

    No doubt , the planet has more than a few crazies .

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