Dems Oppose Bill to Protect Women from Abortion Pill Risks


From the perspective of pro-abortion corporate media and Democrats, you might not realize that the Louisiana state House passed a bill this week with bipartisan support, which seeks to penalize anyone who knowingly attempts to induce a chemical abortion in a woman without her consent — termed the “crime of coerced criminal abortion by means of fraud.”

The legislation also reclassifies mifepristone and misoprostol, making it illegal to possess these popular abortion drugs without a prescription.

Named the “Catherine and Josephine Herring Act,” this bill was sponsored by Sen. Thomas Pressly. It is named in honor of his sister and her then-unborn daughter, whose lives were endangered when her ex-husband secretly administered an abortion pill obtained from Mexico.

Catherine and Josephine survived due to the abortion pill reversal treatment, which is frequently criticized by Democrats and corporate media.

“There was no ‘choice’ involved when my husband slipped abortion drugs into my drinks seven times,” Herring remembered. “I suffered serious side effects from the drugs that almost took my daughter’s life. As a survivor of domestic violence, I’m grateful for Louisiana’s willingness to protect women and children from those who intend to harm them with abortion drugs.”

The bill explicitly notes that poisoning an expectant mother, especially without her knowledge, “substantially increases the pregnant woman’s risk of death or serious bodily harm.” The combination of mifepristone and misoprostol is linked to a 500 percent increase in abortion-related emergency room visits due to side effects such as hemorrhage, “fast, weak pulse,” “shortness of breath,” diarrhea, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, “pain” across the back, arms, neck, and abdomen, a myriad of other risks, and sometimes fatal complications.

Protecting women and unborn children is a well-supported bipartisan goal that should not be contentious. However, Vice President Kamala Harris condemned Louisiana’s latest efforts, labeling them “absolutely unconscionable” and misleadingly asserting that it “would criminalize the possession of medication abortion, with penalties of up to several years of jail time.”

“Let’s be clear: Donald Trump did this,” she wrote on X.

U.S. House Minority Whip Katherine Clark echoed this claim on her X account.

“In just the last 24 hours, Trump opened the door to banning birth control while his allies in Louisiana voted to criminalize the abortion pill. GOP extremists are coming after our most basic freedoms. Don’t look away,” she wrote.

Pro-life laws in Louisiana, including the new abortion pill bill, specifically exempt pregnant women with a prescription for abortifacients from facing fines or jail time. Additionally, these laws do “not apply to the sale, use, prescription, or administration of a contraceptive or an emergency contraceptive.”

That truth did not prevent the corporate media from spreading misinformation. The Associated Press claimed the bill, which still requires Senate approval and the governor’s signature, “could prevent doctors from adequately treating their patients in a timely manner.”

NPR criticized the “proposed regulation” for potentially targeting those who aren’t pregnant but wish to stock abortion pills for future use.

The fearmongering by abortion activists is an attempt to generate public disapproval of Republicans acting on voters’ preferences regarding unborn life. Polling indicates that a majority of registered voters do not believe the U.S. Food and Drug Administration thoroughly vetted the abortion pill to ensure women’s health and safety before its approval for widespread use.

The U.S. Supreme Court will determine this summer if the FDA, under the Biden administration’s directives, broke the law by expanding the abortion drug protocol to allow mail-order and pharmacy sales.

Jordan Boyd
Jordan Boyd
Staff writer. Jordan's work has also been featured in The Daily Wire, Fox News, and RealClearPolitics. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.

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