November 21, 2022

Pro-Life Doctors Sue FDA Over Approval of Abortion Pills

On November 18, a coalition of four pro-life doctors and four medical groups filed a lawsuit against the FDA in an attempt to revoke its approval of the abortion pills mifepristone and misoprostol.

The suit was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and it argues that the FDA's approval of abortion pills wrongly characterized pregnancy as an "illness" for which abortion pills are "therapeutic." It also argues that the FDA did not study the pills' harmful side effects for women.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing the plaintiffs. “On behalf of the national health care organizations and physicians we represent, we ask the court to hold the FDA accountable for its reckless, unlawful behavior,” said ADF attorney Erik Baptist. “We urge the court to reject the marketing and distribution of dangerous chemical abortion drugs so that the health, safety, and welfare of women are protected.”

“Pregnancy is not an illness, and chemical abortion drugs don’t provide a therapeutic benefit—they end a baby’s life and they pose serious and life-threatening complications to the mother,” added ADF attorney Julie Marie Blake. “The FDA never had the authority to approve these dangerous drugs for sale. We urge the court to listen to the doctors we represent who are seeking to protect girls and women from the documented dangers of chemical abortion drugs.”