Mifepristone (the first drug of the two-pill chemical abortion regimen) components and fetal remains in wastewater have impacts beyond humans and onto animals and plants. Right now, these chemicals are in our water system, sterilizing animals and plants, and working their way back to humans through water consumption and fertilizer.
Mifepristone usage results in the generation of contaminated medical waste and must be treated as such.
- The residual effects of exposure to mifepristone in the nation’s waterways can cause environmental repercussions, including congenital anomalies like birth defects to animals.
- Proper control of drugs, hormones, and chemicals in wastewater is vital to our health and the health of other life exposed.
- The generator of medical waste is responsible for disposal of that medical waste.
- Thus, the vendors of abortion drugs ought to have been required to provide proper waste management materials to abortion pill users from the start.