Pro-Life Group Supports FDA’s Ban on Online Abortion Pill Sales After Abortionist Files Lawsuit

The headquarters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seen in Silver Spring, Maryland, November 4, 2009. | (Photo: Reuters/Jason Reed)

A national pro-life organization says it supports the Food & Drug Administration’s ban on online abortion pill sales following a lawsuit filed by an abortionist whose best known for her Women on Waves abortion ship.  

Abortionist Rebecca Gomperts, who’s a registered physician in Austria, and founder and director of Women on Waves and Women on Web, filed a complaint last week against the FDA in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho on behalf of Aid Access, an additional site she operates that also sells abortion pills online.

Randall K. O’Bannon, director of education and research at the National Right to Life Committee, told The Christian Post that “the evidence out there of the risks and dangers associated with these pills show that the FDA is more than justified in maintaining strict controls on their distribution and use.”

“Gomperts’ lawsuit may serve to advance her group’s agenda, but it will not serve the health and safety interests of women — or their unborn babies,” O’Bannon said.

O’Bannon said Gomperts’ lawsuit is part of an effort to reduce the FDA’s rules and regulations on abortion drugs, even though regulations were already loosened under the Obama administration.

“They considered any regulation requiring a pregnant mom to actually visit the clinic or preventing a prescriber from sending the pills by mail burdensome and unnecessary,” O’Bannon said.

Sue Turner director of Physicians for Life, told CP in a recent interview that when mifepristone first came out, the FDA’s protocol was for it to be used through seven weeks, or 49 days from conception. However, since many abortion clinics were ignoring the FDA’s protocol and using the drug up to 60 days, states began passing regulations saying they had to follow the FDA’s protocol. Subsequently, “the Obama administration made the FDA change it to 60 days to match up with what the abortion providers were doing,” Turner said.

The U.S. is not the only country that prohibits online sales of abortion inducing drugs. Ireland, among many other countries, also bans the sale of abortion-inducing drugs via the internet.

In their lawsuit, Gomperts and Aid Access said they were filing the complaint on behalf of American women seeking to terminate their pregnancies via drugs acquired over the internet.

“Defendants are actively using the power of the U.S. government to deny Plaintiffs’ patients their constitutionally protected right to terminate their unwanted pregnancies prior to viability,” the complaint says.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski