Reps. Burgess and Roby Urge Continued FDA Oversight of Mail-Order Abortion Drugs
Washington, DC — Today Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) and Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), joined by 116 fellow Members of Congress, sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge continued oversight of the sale of illegal mail-order abortion drugs to the United States.
The FDA recently ordered Aid Access to cease its illegal sale of misbranded and unapproved drugs that induce abortion, following reporting on the company’s activities that violate FDA safety protocols. In the letter, the Members of Congress thank Acting FDA Commissioner Norman Sharpless for acting to protect American women and their unborn children, and urge the FDA to continue its work to combat the practice of importing dangerous drugs.
“As an OB/GYN who practiced medicine for nearly three decades, I am concerned about the consequences of unapproved mail-order abortion drugs,” said Rep. Burgess. “The dangerous business that Aid Access is conducting is harmful to the health of American women, who deserve quality health care throughout the course of a pregnancy. I am grateful for the actions of Dr. Sharpless and his predecessor Dr. Gottlieb to stop illicit drug importation, and I urge the FDA to continue this lifesaving work.”
“By violating the FDA’s safety protocols, Aid Access and other European mail-order abortion companies endanger the health of American women and their children,” said Rep. Roby. “The FDA must take decisive action against these illegal activities immediately, and I was glad to join so many of my colleagues in sending the clear message that we will not tolerate these dangerous practices. I look forward to receiving Dr. Sharpless’ response to our letter.”
“We thank our pro-life allies, Rep. Burgess and Rep. Roby, for their strong leadership and are encouraged to see over 100 members of Congress urging the FDA to continue its oversight of dangerous mail-order abortion drugs from overseas,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “The abortion industry’s reckless push to circumvent the law and turn every post office into an abortion center shows they put profit before women’s health and safety.”
Full text of the letter can be found here.
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