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Pro-abortion Attorneys General, Groups Push for Fewer Restrictions and More Abortions During an International Pandemic

Apr 1, 2020 | 2020 Press Releases, Press Releases, Press Room

National Right to Life Alarmed that Healthy Mothers of Healthy Babies
Would be at Risk of COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C.— All across the United States and around the world, health care workers are putting their lives on the line to treat those with coronavirus. Emergency rooms in some states are stretched to the breaking point and personal protection equipment is scarce.

At the same time millions of Americans are practicing social distancing and are under stay-at-home orders, the abortion industry sees this crisis as an opportunity to defy calls to cease non-essential services and to expand abortion on demand.

“It is ironic that in a time when the entire world is trying to save lives in a pandemic, pro-abortion groups and their supporters want to continue taking lives,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “Their ‘business as usual’ approach involves using an international crisis to expand the right to abortion.”

On Monday, California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra sent a letter—also signed by 20 other Democrat attorneys general—to the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services asking that restrictions on mifepristone (RU-486) abortions be lifted and allowed using telemedicine. The Democrat attorneys general specifically urged the FDA to waive its “Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy” (REMS) restrictions or to use its enforcement discretion to “allow certified prescribers to use telehealth for Mifepristone.”

“The FDA has a record of nearly two dozen deaths and thousands of complications associated with use of these dangerous pills. These ‘adverse events’ include serious infections, severe hemorrhage, and the rupture of previously undiscovered ectopic pregnancies,” said Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D., director of education and research for National Right to Life. “This documented record justifies the FDA keeping the REMS regulations in place.”

The real possibility of a woman experiencing any of these adverse events means that she may have visit the emergency room because of hemorrhaging, an incomplete abortion, or a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. Emergency rooms across the U.S. are straining to meet the needs of those who have coronavirus and would put a woman at the center of the pandemic crisis where contagion is rampant, where staff are overextended and stressed – the last place an immuno-compromised person wants to be.

“The abortion industry wants to put at risk perfectly healthy mothers who are pregnant with perfectly healthy babies,” said Tobias. “Much better, in the time of a pandemic, for the mother and child to stay safe, the mother at home and the child alive and growing in her womb.”

As health care workers face the challenge of caring for a staggering number of patients with coronavirus, abortion facilities are conducting business as usual and putting both clients and workers at risk of contracting coronavirus. However, “telemedicine abortions” would potentially put women at risk for serious adverse events associated with the drug combination used to cause the abortion.

“The truth is that ‘telemedicine abortions’ would expose the worst and most dangerous features of chemical abortions. Besides potentially making a woman go through this horrific procedure all alone, encountering her dead child, unsure of whether her pain and cramping and bleeding are normal or whether she is bleeding to death, it would potentially necessitate a trip to the emergency room, thereby endangering herself and further straining overtaxed medical personnel and equipment,” said O’Bannon.

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.