These violative drugs

The war on women escalates.

A European organization that provides doctor-prescribed abortion pills by mail is under order by the US Food and Drug Administration to stop deliveries.

The federal agency sent a warning letter to Aid Access this month requesting that it “immediately cease causing the introduction of these violative drugs into U.S. Commerce.”

“Violative” is not a word.

“The sale of misbranded and unapproved new drugs poses an inherent risk to consumers who purchase those products,” the letter says. “Drugs that have circumvented regulatory safeguards may be contaminated; counterfeit, contain varying amounts of active ingredients, or contain different ingredients altogether.”

Translation: the drugs may do what they’re supposed to do and we have orders to put a stop to that.

Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, founder of Aid Access, did not respond to a request for comment on the new letter. But last fall, soon after her work went public, she said that safety concerns about Aid Access and the medications it prescribes were “totally unfounded.” She insisted that everything she does “is according to the law” and that the FDA’s restrictive handling of abortion medication is “based on politics, not science.”

What politics? The politics of making sure women are not free to define their own lives.

In a one-month period in 2017, research published last year showed that there were nearly 210,000 US Google searches for information about self-abortion. This indicates a demand for alternatives, perhaps driven by barriers to clinic access due to financial hardship, geographic distance, fear of being publicly shamed or other reasons.

Ya think?

According to the FDA, of the 3.4 million patients who’d taken mifepristone to medically terminate their pregnancies from when the agency approved it in 2000 through December 2017, 22 died: an average of 1 in about 155,000 women. Meanwhile, calculations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that in 2016, 1 in 5,600 women died as a result of their pregnancies.

Gee. It’s almost as if pregnancy is more dangerous than taking the abortion pill.

But never mind that, that’s not the point. The point is to keep women enslaved.

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