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FDA Claims There's a 'Therapeutic Benefit' to Killing Unborn Babies With Drugs!

Terence P. Jeffrey on

When then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton accepted the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992, he told the crowd at that party's convention, "Abortion should be safe, legal and rare."

That was in July. The following January -- two days after his inauguration -- Clinton made promoting abortion a central focus of his new administration.

"Mr. Clinton signed five abortion-related memorandums on the 20th anniversary of Roe v. Wade," The New York Times reported on Jan. 23, 1993.

Clinton's abortion directives, as reported by the Associated Press, included allowing "abortion counseling at federally supported clinics," permitting "research using fetal tissue from abortions," allowing "abortions at military hospitals," permitting "funding for overseas population control programs" and reviewing "a ban against importation of RU-486, the French abortion pill."

In his written memorandum directing the Food and Drug Administration to carry out this last provision, Clinton also stated, "I direct that you promptly assess initiatives by which the Department of Health and Human Services can promote testing, licensing, and manufacturing in the United States of RU-486 or other antiprogestins."

In September 2000, not long before Clinton finished his second term in office, the FDA approved the use of abortion-inducing drugs in the United States.


In a legal complaint filed last November in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, lawyers for the Alliance Defending Freedom, who are representing a number of medical organizations and doctors in a suit against the FDA, challenged this FDA action.

"First, the FDA never had the authority to approve these drugs for sale," says their complaint.

"In 2000, the FDA approved chemical abortion drugs under 21 C.F.R. Section 314, Subpart H," it says. "This regulation authorizes the FDA to grant 'accelerated approval' of 'certain new drug products that have been studied for their safety and effectiveness in treating serious or life-threatening illnesses and that provide meaningful therapeutic benefit to patients over existing treatments.'"

"But chemical abortion drugs," says the complaint, "do not treat serious or life-threatening illnesses. Indeed, pregnancy is a normal physiological state that many females experience one or more times during their childbearing years."


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