For years, Students for Life of America (SFLA) has been sounding the alarm on risky Chemical Abortion pills, and while our determination to deter the use and sale of these drugs has never faltered, there was a time that the broader pro-life movement did not consider Chemical Abortion a serious threat. The current atmosphere of our Post-Roe America, however, has changed many minds on this topic, and the Washington Post recently published a piece which featured our efforts against these dangerous, life-ending drugs and highlighted how we have led this charge. Here’s the highlights from the article and what you need to know:
In an article written by Kimberly Kindy and entitled, “Most Abortions Are Done at Home. Anti-Abortion Groups Are Taking Aim,” SFLA is labelled as one of the two top pro-life groups which has “crafted and successfully lobbied for state legislation to ban or further restrict” Chemical Abortion pills.
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Kindy notes that while other groups have also opposed Chemical Abortion pills, Students for Life Action’s (SFLAction) legislative efforts really stand out as they primarily took off in 2021 “when seven states passed bills modeled after legislation crafted by the group to create legal barriers to the medications.” She correctly also added that more legislation from SFLAction will be introduced again in January when most legislatures reconvene.
On why the battle against Chemical Abortion pills is so important and will be ongoing, Kindy included a quote from SFLA and SFLAction President Kristan Hawkins, saying:
“Reversing Roe, shutting down these dangerous brick-and-mortar facilities, while very important is simply a fight. It’s not the entire battle. [Chemical Abortion is] the new frontier of abortion.”
Hawkins labelled Chemical Abortion as the “new frontier” because these dangerous pills move abortions from being committed in an abortion facility to being committed in a personal, home bathroom — which drastically changes the health and safety risks of abortion, as well as the potential for pro-life advocates to counsel a woman against an abortion. The pro-life movement cannot pray and sidewalk counsel outside of every home as they do outside of abortion facilities. Additionally, Chemical Abortion pills now account for more than half of all abortions done in the United States.
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Recognizing SFLAction’s important contributions to the pro-life movement’s crackdown on Chemical Abortion pills, Kindy devoted a section of her article to SFLAction’s methods on targeting these drugs. In explaining the seven Chemical Abortion bills that had been passed in accordance with SFLAction, she stated:
“Among the seven bills the group has successfully lobbied to pass, each requires women to see a physician in person to receive the medications rather than receiving them through the mail. The mandates vary from state-to-state, but most require a physical examination, a test to determine the blood type of the baby, an ultrasound to determine the stage of the pregnancy, a disclosure of safety risks and a follow-up examination after the procedure.
“In many of the states, the medications could only be used in a limited set of circumstances, like in Oklahoma where its use is restricted to ending early pregnancies that resulted from rape or incest — or if the woman’s life is in danger. Telehealth appointments for the procedure are also prohibited under the bills.”
While these are some of the restrictions of the current bills, Kindy also noted,
“The ultimate goal of Students for Life is to block access to drugs entirely. The group is seeking criminal sanctions for the physicians and organizations that “manufacture, distribute, prescribe, dispense, sell or transfer” the drugs in the state.”
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