February 3, 2023

Promising News in the Fight Against Chemical Abortion Pills

Students for Life Action (SFLAction) and Students for Life of America (SFLA) have been reporting on the rising circulation of Chemical Abortion Pills and how the cartel of these deadly drugs needs to be cancelled. While the Biden Administration is seeking ways to make the drugs responsible for injury, infertility, death, and misuse from abusers accessible at your local convenient store, 20 attorneys general (AG) have responded with a stark warning to some of the biggest players.  

Efforts this week led by Missouri AG Andrew Bailey cautioned both CVS and Walgreens, who shared their intent to distribute Chemical Abortion Pills, that utilizing the mail to do so would be in direct violation of state and federal laws leaving them liable should they proceed. 

The letter, signed by the attorneys general of Missouri, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and West Virginia, states: 

“As the principal legal and law enforcement officers of our 20 states, we offer you these thoughts on the current legal landscape. First, many people are not aware that federal law expressly prohibits using the mail to send or receive any drug that will “be used or applied for producing abortion.” 18 U.S.C. § 1461. Although many people are unfamiliar with this statute because it has not been amended in a few decades, the text could not be clearer: “every article or thing designed, adapted, or intended for producing abortion … shall not be conveyed in the mails.” And anyone who “knowingly takes any such thing from the mails for the purpose of circulating” is guilty of a federal crime. Obviously, a federal criminal law—especially one that is, as here, enforceable through a private right of action—deserves serious contemplation.” 

The letter also cunningly points out the Biden Administration’s admission to this law, but the way in which they persuade others to not take the text literally. The AGs rightfully call out the Biden Administration’s “bizarre interpretation” of the law and remind CVS and Walgreens that they could be violating their state laws, too. 

(CLICK HERE to read about states protecting life in law on our blog!) 

Most importantly, the AGs address the ways in which these pills are not only deadly to the preborn but present dire risks to any young girl or woman who takes them. “Abortion pills are far riskier than surgical abortions, according to established scientific consensus: “Medication abortions were 5.96 times as likely to result in a complication as first-trimester aspiration abortions,” the AGs wrote in their letter. 

Not only are they the riskiest method of direct abortion, they’re also the most common. The rapid use of these pills has only increased which is why SFLAction and SFLA have been passing life-saving state legislation, advocating against their presence on college campuses, and educating women on the Chemical Abortion reversal drug that can be used as an antidote 

We are grateful to see these AGs do the right thing and stand up for the preborn and women who stand to suffer a great deal from these pills by using the rule of law to stop the Chemical Abortion cartel.  

If you want to see these pills kicked out of your city, consider joining SFLAction and SFLA at our Cancel Abortion Cartels event to protest CVS and Walgreen’s decision. This protest will take place at 12:00 pm. C.T. on February 14, 2023, at the Walgreens Headquarters in Deerfield, Illinois. 

Unable to make it in person? You can also join the kick-off protest online or host your own Cancel Abortion Cartels Protest at your local pharmacy on our National Day of Protest on March 4, 2023 — we’ll even send you a kit to get you started. Click HERE to sign up! 

To learn more about SFLA’s efforts against Chemical Abortion Pills, click HERE