This week a big decision came out of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA, where they ruled that the Biden Administration’s loosening of FDA rules to allow for broader access to chemical abortions is harmful. Those FDA rules required those drugs to be administered in-person and in a health facility.

The court emphasized the harms of chemical abortions and how that was overlooked by the FDA and Biden Administration. While every abortion is harmful because it takes the life of an innocent, unborn child, chemical abortions are doubly dangerous because of the risk they pose to mothers as well.

Chemical abortions are four times more likely to cause complications over surgical abortions. Peer-reviewed research from the Lozier Institute found a 53% greater risk for an ER visit for abortion pill complications than after a surgical abortion. The move to remove what little regulations they had is purely political and puts the lives of women at risk for the sake of the abortion industry. Visit for more info. 

Also included in the ruling, was the court’s criticism of the Biden administration’s moves to allow telemed abortion, or abortions through the mail. This is also especially dangerous because, without an in-person visit, a woman may unknowingly have an ectopic pregnancy or may be further along than she thinks – resulting in serious harm or even death to mothers. Once again, this is a decision to appease the abortion industry at the cost of safety for women and their unborn babies. 

Our team has worked to pass legislation in Pennsylvania that would have stopped dangerous and reckless telemedicine abortions. Unfortunately, that bill was then vetoed by Governor Tom Wolf.

Blog: Governor Wolf vetoes telemedicine bill, puts abortion over the well-being of all Pennsylvanians

This decision in the Fifth Circuit does not change anything currently happening in Pennsylvania. We expect the Biden Administration to appeal to the US Supreme Court.

We will keep you updated as more information comes out. But we are very encouraged to see this step in the right direction.

More details from the Alliance Defending Freedom, here.