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On Monday, a Democratic Representative compared the abortion pill mifepristone to the headache and pain reliever Tylenol, even referring to the abortion pills as a “lifeline” for women.
Representative Cori Bush (D-MO) made the comments during a discussion on “Medication Abortion Access and Republican Efforts to Ban Abortion Nationwide.” Bush was joined by fellow Democrats on the House Oversight Committee, including Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin and Texas Rep. Jasmine Crockett.
“Banning medication abortion would be like placing a ban on Tylenol [or] a ban on antibiotics,” Bush said. “There is no scientific, no valid medical reason to do so. It is only political propaganda.”
The Missouri congresswoman claimed the pills were “effective” and “safe” and said they were “no different from any other medication that’s safe and effective.” She said that for 23 years, the Food and Drug Administration approved of the pills, and went on to explain that, in her view, abortion pills are actually a “lifeline.”
“Medication abortion is a lifeline,” she said. “A lifeline for the person working multiple jobs that cannot afford to take a day off work because wages are too low or they don’t have paid sick leave, a lifeline for the mom of two who cannot afford childcare or cannot find affordable childcare.”
“It’s a lifeline for the trans folks who face transphobia and bigotry because of anti-LGBT+ laws and outrageous bans on gender-affirming care,” the congresswoman added.
Rep. Cori Bush says restricting access to abortion pills is equivalent to “placing a ban on Tylenol.”
Last I checked Tylenol didn’t kill babies, but ok…pic.twitter.com/OAR954RtgJ
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) July 18, 2023
Mifepristone is used to end the life of an unborn child in roughly half of all abortions in the United States. In April, a federal judge in Texas suspended the FDA approval of the pill, while around the same time, a U.S. district judge in Washington state issued a conflicting ruling.
Shortly after the Texas judge’s restriction of the abortion pill, the United States Supreme Court blocked the ruling, allowing the approval of the pill while a lawsuit proceeds in federal court.
In the year since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Republican state legislatures have been passing pro-life laws protecting the unborn. Last week, Republican Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed an abortion ban that prevented abortions, with some exceptions, when a heartbeat was detected, usually around six weeks. However, three days later, a district court judge temporarily blocked the law, which is being challenged in court by abortion providers.
And last month, a study was released estimating that as a result of the Texas Heartbeat Act, which went into effect in September 2021, nearly 10,000 more babies were born in the state between April and December 2022, The Daily Wire reported.
“This new study highlights the significant success of our movement in the last two years, while we look forward to helping the mothers and families of our state care for their children,” Right to Life president John Seago said regarding the study.