FDA brings abortion pills to your pharmacy

Truth supports, advances and accomplishes our mission. I write today to share new truths we’ve learned, so you can, in turn, share them with others.

I am disheartened to let you know that retail pharmacies will soon be allowed to sell the abortion pill, because of an approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Two drug makers who produce mifepristone tablets, the first of two pills consumed in a chemical abortion, asked the FDA to permit a change on the drug’s label. That change, approved Tuesday, increases availability of the pills. Up until now, abortion pills were dispensed primarily at abortion clinics. New wording on packages of mifepristone will permit chains like CVS and Walgreens to provide the pills to women, as long as the stores’ pharmacies obtain certification. 

A woman just needs to have a prescription for the abortion pill, which, in some areas, she can receive via a telehealth appointment — without actually being examined by a physician. This is simply unsafe. Because chemical abortion pills are intended for use only up to the 10th week of pregnancy, it is critical that both medical professionals and women have accurate information regarding gestational age. 

The FDA’s update also broadens abortion pill availability through the mail. You can compare label changes below.

Old mifepristone label states (on page 14): MIFEPREX is only available in clinics, medical offices and hospitals and not through retail pharmacies.

New mifepristone label states (on page 14): MIFEPREX is only dispensed by or under the supervision of certified prescribers or by certified pharmacies on prescriptions issued by certified prescribers.

This change in wording comes on the heels of a revision approved by the FDA related to the “morning after” or Plan B pill. Just two weeks ago, the FDA backtracked from its standard explanation of similarities between an abortion pill and emergency contraception. As reported by LifeNews last week:

While the abortion pill always destroys the life of a unique human being weeks or months after conception, Plan B is only sometimes abortifacient. The current language about the Plan B bill notes, “Plan B One-Step is believed to act as an emergency contraceptive principally by preventing ovulation or fertilization (by altering tubal transport of sperm and/or ova). In addition, it may inhibit implantation (by altering the endometrium)” [emphasis added]. In other words, the drug may prevent a living, developing human embryo from implanting in the womb, thus ending the life of the embryo. That means it can possibly act as an abortion pill. 

Now, FDA-approved labels on Plan B will mask its abortifacient potential, contradicting the agency’s prior acknowledgment. Its press release claimed, “Evidence does not support that the drug affects implantation or maintenance of a pregnancy after implantation, therefore it does not terminate a pregnancy.”

False. It may end a pregnancy, perhaps most tragically, well before a woman knows the truth that a new human life grows within her. And Plan B ensures that she will never know. Like the child, "choice" will not exist.

The truth isn’t usually easy. Yet we know it is always worth pursuing, especially when lives of women and children are on the line.

My MCFL colleagues and I knew these kinds of assaults on truth would increase, so we’re not unprepared. We want you to be prepared along with us. 

Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) has successfully saved thousands of lives. Learn more about APR, a pregnant woman’s “second chance at choice,” and share that information. 

Before the FDA news broke yesterday, we’d just made final edits to our new APR brochures, excerpt below, designed for women in a crisis pregnancy. They’re heading to the printer as I write this. If you’d like to order some for distribution in your area, please respond to this email.  

Finally, MCFL’s Legislation Committee is drafting a bill related to APR and informed consent, so that women who seek chemical abortion in Massachusetts would be given information about how to reverse the pill’s effect and save the life of their baby. 

Truth empowers. Truth saves lives. While not always easy to learn, truth activates hearts like yours and mine, for theirs.

Thank you for helping to share what’s true, good and beautiful this day.

Myrna Maloney Flynn, President