Vice President Kamala Harris said an abortion pill was approved by a cabinet-level federal agency that doesn’t exist.
During an interview with Noticias Telemundo’s Vanessa Hauc, Harris said mifepristone was approved by the “Federal Drug Administration” 20 years go.
“On the mifepristone issue, it’s politicians finding a court, targeting a specific court that they thought would be helpful to them, to take a medication off the market, which was approved 20 years ago by the Federal Drug Administration,” the vice president confidently said.
However, there is no “Federal Drug Administration” in the United States.
Presumably, Harris was referring to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the abortion drug in 2000.
She also called abortion a “fundamental” right.
“Let’s set the scene. Many months ago, the highest court in our land, the United States Supreme Court, took a constitutional right that had been recognized from the people of America, from the women of America, which is the right to make a decision about your own body and your own reproductive health,” Harris said. “The government should not be telling that woman what to do with her body. This evokes, in my mind, very fundamental rights, including the right to freedom for each individual about what is in their best interest.”
Mifepristone is currently the subject of a legal battle that has made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court ruled Friday that the drug could be prescribed and used until its lawsuit makes its way through lower federal courts.
Because of a ruling by Trump-appointed judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk, the abortion pill currently cannot be dispensed by mail or after seven weeks of pregnancy.
Mifepristone is taken in a two-drug regimen with a drug called misoprostol. When taken together, these pills block hormones necessary to keep a pre-born baby alive and then cause the dead baby to be expelled from the mother’s uterus.
Fox reports that the drug is 97 percent effective in killing unborn babies. However, the manufacturer says 3 percent of those who use the drug will “require surgical intervention for ongoing pregnancy, heavy bleeding, incomplete expulsion or other reasons such as patient request.”
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