Many anti-abortion activists were outraged when they heard that a group of doctors and experts in public health petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take the abortion pill for later terms Mifeprex of pregnancy and make it available in pharmacies.
On Wednesday, ten medical officials published a commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine. Among the authors of the commentary were leaders of important public health groups, and even professors and doctors from schools of medicine at Princeton, Stanford, and Columbia.
In 2000, the new drug Mifeprex was approved. It contains mifepristone and is different from the morning after pill in the sense that it can be used even later in pregnancies. Since then, the FDA have posed many restrictions on the drug. These restrictions imply that they can be purchased only from doctor’s offices, clinics, and hospitals.
This means than women can take such pills only if they need them and if their health condition does not allow them to hold a pregnancy to full term. However, one of the authors of the commentary, Dr. Beverly Winikoff, called these restrictions on mifepristone a clear example of overregulation.
She added that women and their doctors or health care providers should not follow a tiring and unnecessary procedure to obtain the medication that had been used safely all over the country for more than a decade.
Those who oppose abortion do not agree with the officials. Kristan Hawkins, the president of the association Students for Life in America, declared that this was another clear example of the medical industry which did not care about the wellness of their patients but only about profit.
Even certain medical experts disagree with this attempt to lift the restrictions. Dr. Donna Harrison, the executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, says that it is extremely dangerous for women to take Mifeprex without specialized medical supervision. It can be harmful for the women’s health and it might cause complications, such as infections or hemorrhages.
Medical abortions account for only 22 percent of all abortions that take place in the United States, according to the federal statistics from 2013. The others are surgical abortions that not always take place in all the suitable conditions and put the mother’s life in danger.
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