FDA now allows prescription abortion pills to be sold at pharmacies
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – This week, the Food and Drug Administration has made a change to a long-standing rule that prevented drug stores from selling the prescription abortion pill mifepristone.
The decision comes after the Justice Department gave the OK to the U.S. Postal Service to continue delivering abortion medication by mail.
Before, mifepristone could only be prescribed by some mail-order pharmacies and certified physicians.
CVS and Walgreens announced their plans to sell the pill, potentially making it more readily available.
That’s something Nate Grasz, policy director for the Nebraska Family Alliance, is concerned about.
“We do know that the majority of abortions are being done chemically, and this looks to expand that at the expense of the health and safety of women and unborn children,” he said. “And that’s something that states need to push back against.”
Under Nebraska state law, abortion is legal up to the 20th week of pregnancy.
And while you can order mifepristone by mail, a chemical abortion can only be performed at a doctor’s office in front of your doctor.
State Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh of Omaha said this puts a lot of pressure on the person using the medication.
“However, what the federal government has allowed is that you go to a pharmacy, and you purchase the medication,” she said. “Then you go home, and you have the time, the space and the comfort of your own home with your partner, your family, whatever you need to make that decision when you don’t feel under pressure. And that’s a much better way to make that decisions in my opinion.”
Grasz feels this change will make abortion easier.
“What the Biden administration and FDA are doing with this decision is jeopardizing the health and safety of women while making it easier than ever to end the life of a baby inside the womb,” he said.
Cavanaugh said it’s not up to her to make hard decisions like this for other people.
“I do not know what the reasoning or rational is behind opposing these things, but I know the outcome and the impact on the individuals impacted by it,” she said.
Currently, there are no new abortion bills on the table in the Legislature, but the issue is expected to come up some time during the session.