Judge Willing to Risk Women’s Lives and Future Children by allowing Sales of Chemical Abortion Pills without Examinations

Kristi Hamrick - 14 Jul 2020


“Making it easier to sell chemical abortion pills does a lot for the abortion industry’s bottom line, but women’s lives and future children are put at risk,” said Students for Life of America’s Kristan Hawkins. “Yet here we are again with a single judge deciding that it’s acceptable to endanger women’s health and lives as well has their present and future children as long as it wasn’t hard to make the sale.”


WASHINGTON D.C. (07-13-2020) – Reacting to news that a federal judge was blocking regulations from the FDA that required common-sense health and safety standards being in place before selling dangerous chemical abortion drugs, Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins noted that while U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland may have said that it was the COVID-19 crisis which justified dropping health and safety standards, “It’s not lost on the pro-life movement that the abortion lobby went to court fighting for a faster Chemical Abortion pill sale as their solution to lives being lost to COVID-19. If they want to save lives, let’s work together on adoption legislation and family and medical leave.”

The purpose of the health and safety standards is to screen women for risks before taking chemical abortion pills. Women who take the pills later in pregnancy or are experiencing an ectopic pregnancy face extreme dangers.

As noted at Students for Life of America’s website, that means: “For the about 5 percent of women whose babies are not killed and expelled by the drugs, a surgery is required basically to save the woman’s life as infection can set in if the dead infant or tissue remains in a woman’s womb to fester. In the first trimester, when chemical abortions are supposed to take place, the pills cause 4x the complications as surgical abortion. In fact, ‘the risk of death appears to be 10 times greater with medical abortion (chemical abortion) than with surgical abortion,’ according to medical journal report in MedGenMed.

According to the FDA, “Cramping and vaginal bleeding are expected effects of the treatment regimen.  In some cases, very heavy vaginal bleeding will need to be stopped by a surgical procedure … Other common side effects of the treatment regimen include nausea, weakness, fever/chills, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, and dizziness in the first day or two after taking the two medicines.”

Other consequences include hospitalization and blood transfusions to address excessive bleeding. And physicians report that hysterectomies following complications from chemical abortion has occurred. 

Already the FDA has reported that women have died taking the chemical abortion pills, usually because of an ectopic pregnancy or when later in pregnancy, sometimes from ‘severe systemic infection (also called sepsis).’”

Students for Life has also noted that when women are not screened for their blood type, whether Rh negative or Rh positive, they may never be able to have a future child because of antibodies that form and must be treated within days of an abortion or birth. Without that treatment, the mother’s antibodies will attack and usually kill all future preborn babies. Learn more here.

For media interviews, e-mail Kristi at [email protected].


Students for Life of America is the nation’s largest, pro-life, youth organization. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA serves more than 1,225 groups on college, universities and high school campuses in all 50 states.

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