With Data on ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Freshwater Fish Piling Up, Stop Claiming Pro-Lifers Are Crying Wolf About Abortion Drugs in the Water 

Caroline Wharton - 06 Dec 2023

If you’re not a little creeped out about our nation’s water supply, you must not be reading the headlines because they’re not looking too hot when it comes to harmful drugs found in the environment. In particular, those who love eating fish should be concerned as data continues to crop up about the dangers of consuming the freshwater variety. A report by KFF Health News has recently raised the alarm once again, leaving the pro-life movement scratching their heads as to why the abortion lobby wants to pretend that we’re crying wolf about Chemical Abortion Pills in the water. Let’s discuss this recent report and why it demonstrates yet again that there is a whole lot of disgusting chemicals in our water affecting national health:  

In an article by Hannah Norman entitled “‘Forever Chemicals’ Found in Freshwater Fish, Yet Most States Don’t Warn Residents,” she documents the increasing concern over a group of chemicals known as PFAS (or “forever chemicals”) which gather in water, soil, animals, and humans instead of breaking down. Norman wrote:  

“Researchers, anglers, and environmental activists nationwide worry about the staggering amount of PFAS found in freshwater fish. At least 17 states have issued PFAS-related fish consumption advisories, KFF Health News found, with some warning residents not to eat any fish caught in particular lakes or rivers because of dangerous levels of forever chemicals.”  

Her research included speaking with David Andrews, the co-author of a March 2023 study done by the Environmental Working Group which found that eating freshwater fish can be much more harmful than drinking contaminated water.  

Andrews stated, “PFAS in freshwater fish is at such a concentration that for anyone consuming, even infrequently, it would likely be their major source of exposure over the course of the year. We’re talking thousands of times higher than what’s typically seen in drinking water.” 

For those who relish a freshly caught and cooked catfish or trout (among other freshwater fish) and consider it a healthy/regular part of their diet, this is highly alarming — and it does get worse.

(Fast food lovers might want to be wary, as well. Click HERE to read another Students for Life of America (SFLA) blog entitled “Study Finds Your Favorite Fast-Food Might Harm Your Fertility Due to Contraceptive Drugs — When Will FDA Ensure Clean Water for All?”)  

According to another study done this year which tested 100 fish samples from 15 different sites of Michigan’s Huron and Rouge rivers for PFAS from “industry contamination,” every single fish contained these dangerous contaminants. Not even one sample was untouched by forever chemicals.  

As exposure to PFAS can present extreme adverse effects for humans (including “altered immune and thyroid function, liver disease, lipid and insulin dysregulation, kidney disease, adverse reproductive and developmental outcomes, and cancer”), we clearly need to think before putting freshwater fish on our plate. In addition, we also need to take other potential contaminants in our water seriously — hence the pro-life movement’s calls for transparency when it comes to Chemical Abortion Pills.  

SFLA and Students for Life Action (SFLAction) have led the charge for environmental justice in regard to dangerous abortion pills. This is due to the fact that, despite Chemical Abortion Pills now being used for more than 50% of all abortions in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not conducted a single environmental study regarding the potential negative impacts of mifepristone (the first drug in the two-pill regimen).  

SFLA and SFLAction’s What’s In The Water? Campaign has called for action by our federal government to fix this recklessness, sending not one but four different four Citizens Petitions to the FDA. These petitions have demanded the FDA 1) add Red Bag Medical Waste requirements to reduce Chemical Abortion Pill pollution, 2) restore high health and safety standards (known as REMS – Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies) to protect women’s lives, 3) complete studies to ensure protections for endangered species, and 4) comply with the Clean Water Act by requiring protections for water, especially recreational water.   

Many in the abortion lobby want to act as though this project is ridiculous and our concern is unwarranted — but after seeing all the other junk that’s in our water, who’s to say Chemical Abortion Pills aren’t in there, as well?  For the good of everyone, it is absolutely necessary to do our due diligence.  

To sign our petition to protect women, preborn babies, and the environment from Chemical Abortion Pills, click HERE.  

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