Senator Hyde-Smith challenges FDA on chemical abortion pill

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is challenging a decision made by the FDA regarding chemical abortion pills.

Today in a Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing, Hyde-Smith said she wants a full review of the data that led to the recent Food and Drug Administration decision to end in-person dispensing requirements for a chemical abortion pill, making it available by mail.

Hyde-Smith told FDA Commissioner Robert Califf that she wants a full review of the data that led to the decision which she calls risky. “There is plenty of evidence showing this chemical abortion pill- they are dangerous to women who take them and can be extremely dangerous in certain situations. It is the job of the FDA and your job as commissioner to protect patients by ensuring the safety of drugs.”

Hyde-Smith says she’s concerned that chemical abortions now make up a majority of all abortions in the United States, including an 11 percent jump in Mississippi in 2019.

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