Abortions Easier Through New FDA Regulations

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  April 1, 2016   

Abortion pill can now be taken up to 10 weeks after conception

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (ChurchMilitant.com) - The government is making abortion easier.

The abortion drug Mifepristone (Mifeprex) was originally approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 after the Clinton administration pushed seven years for its approval. At the time it was known as RU-486, and drug company statistics say it has been used over 2.7 million times since 2000.

Previous FDA regulations required 600mg of Mifeprex and three visits to a doctor or abortionist. They also determined the drug could only be used up to the seventh week of pregnancy. New indications lower the dosage to 200mg and direct it can be taken through the tenth week of pregnancy, alleging the lower dosage dramatically decreases physical complications for the mother.

The FDA made the new dosage based on recommendations from the Society for Family Planning, Planned Parenthood, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Mark DeFrancesco, president of ACOG, claims the new indications reflect "current available scientific evidence and best practices." He concludes it "will give women more time to make the decision that is right for them."

The Population Council, based in New York City, owns the rights to Mifeprex and licenses Danco Laboratories to be its sole distributor. The Council, started by John D. Rockefeller III in 1952, originates with the eugenics movement in the early twentieth century. Its first president was the leader of the American Eugenics Society, Frederick Osborn, who had been personally appointed by Rockefeller. Osborn wrote "Eugenic goals are most likely to be achieved under another name than eugenics."

It specifically researches and develops contraceptives that are distributed all over the world and holds the rights to other contraceptive devices like the intrauterine device. The Lancet, a UK medical journal, stated in 2003: "[T]he Population Council actually has hard evidence of having changed the lives and expectations of hundreds of millions of people."

Abortion advocates see the FDA's move as a victory, claiming it will make medical abortions cheaper and more convenient. Texas and Ohio previously passed laws mandating abortionists must follow the FDA's indications for Mifeprex because abortionists were commonly prescribing it for pregnancies over seven weeks.

To learn more about the link between the eugenics movement and today's abortion movement watch The Download: The Overpopulation Myth.


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