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Planned Parenthood’s drive to use abortion pills off-label shows disregard for women’s safety

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Earlier this year, Arkansas passed an array of pro-life bills, many of which would mean women seeking abortions would be safer. These laws would enact common sense regulations for clinics to follow, such as requiring abortionists to contract with a doctor who has admitting privileges at a hospital, that a doctor be present when the abortion pill is administered, and that the abortionist must get written consent from a parent or guardian before performing an abortion on a minor girl.

But, not surprisingly, Planned Parenthood has a problem with these laws, and is suing to get around them as Kentucky.com reports:

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s lawsuit challenges the law requiring abortion pill providers to follow guidelines set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

… Planned Parenthood and other opponents of the law said it overrules doctors’ judgment and forces them to follow an outdated protocol. The new law will require women take a higher dose of the medication than what is typically prescribed and restrict the time period for administering it from up to nine weeks to up to seven weeks.

In its complaint, Planned Parenthood said it has been unable to find physicians it can contract with who have the admitting privileges required under the act. The lawsuit said many physicians didn’t want to contract with Planned Parenthood because they were afraid of the stigma or harassment from being associated with an abortion provider, their employers or partners didn’t want to be associated with an abortion provider or they opposed abortion.

So here is Planned Parenthood, openly admitting that they want to go against FDA guidelines for the abortion pill. They also don’t want to have bother with finding doctors who have admitting privileges; even though the FDA warns that Mifeprex is known to have caused adverse events and death. But Planned Parenthood isn’t worried about that. They don’t care about having a ‘Plan B’ in case one of their patients has a reaction to the abortion pill. They don’t care about using the drug in the safest possible manner. They just want lots of abortion, as freely available as possible, and any restrictions are attacks on women. After all, less abortions means less money, and they can probably crank out a lot of medication abortions (and collect a lot of money) each day if they just didn’t have to be hindered by these pesky laws.

Strangely, Planned Parenthood isn’t taking their fight straight to the source — the FDA itself — and complaining. They just want to be able to use the abortion pill off-label, increasing the risk of injury or death to women. So next time Planned Parenthood tries to argue that they care for women, keep this in mind. They’re not worried about caring for women. They only care about their bottom line.

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