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group of doctors and medical associations are challenging the federal government’s decision to approve dangerous abortion drugs in a new lawsuit Friday, saying authorities skirted the process and put patients’ lives at risk.
In the lawsuit from the Alliance Defending Freedom, the doctors said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “illegally” prioritized abortion politics over science and patients’ health when it approved the abortion drugs mifepristone and misoprostol in 2000.
These drugs now are used to abort more than half of all unborn babies in the U.S. every year, or nearly half a million, according to the Guttmacher Institute. More than two dozen women also have died and thousands more have suffered serious complications, according to FDA data.
The lawsuit accuses the FDA and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of continuing to ignore safety issues, including by allowing the drugs to be sold through the mail without any direct medical supervision starting in 2021.
“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,” ADF Senior Counsel Julie Marie Blake said. “The FDA never had the authority to approve these dangerous drugs for sale.”