I am going to write about something that has never been an interest of mine, but abortion drugs moved into my line of sight since the US Supreme Court decided to set aside 50 years of precedent and overturn Roe v Wade. Some states, especially what we call red states (those that vote for the right-wing Republicans) are trying to ban the sale of abortion drugs that are legally obtained by women.
Since I am someone who is very aware of FDA regulatory responsibilities, I immediately thought to myself that there is no way that states can do such a thing. Now, I am not an attorney nor do I play one on the internet, but I think the law is on my side. On the other hand, I never thought Roe v Wade would be overturned, so what do I know about the law?
Let’s take a look at abortion drugs and FDA regulatory responsibilities. I want to warn you before you read this — I am not agnostic about abortion. I am 100% pro-abortion — I believe that there is an absolute right for a woman to choose what she wants to do with her body and her healthcare, and that includes abortion. From a scientific perspective, fetal cells are not “alive” until such time that they are viable outside of the woman’s womb, around 23-24 weeks of gestational age. Before that time, fetal cells are invasive, and as such a woman has an absolute right to do whatever she wants with those cells.
So, if you don’t like that, you’re not going to like what I’m writing here, but I’ll live without your support.
For those of you who live in civilized countries where women are not treated as chattel property, hopefully, this article will give you some indication of what is going on in the USA at this time. And it’s not good.Continue reading “Abortion drugs — regulation is the responsibility of the FDA, for now”