Federal data show that nearly 5 million mothers have used the abortion pill over the past two decades.
On December 16, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that mifepristone — used alongside another substance called misoprostol — has been used in the United States by “approximately 4.9 million women” since its approval in 2000. Beyond millions of preborn children, 26 women have died from complications related to the abortion pill.
The revelation comes as the FDA removes the requirement that the abortion pill “be dispensed only in certain healthcare settings, specifically clinics, medical offices, and hospitals.” The new development will now allow the abortion pill to be sent via mail — and potentially purchased or acquired online.
As the nine Supreme Court Justices heard arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization — which pertains to a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks’ gestation — at least four pro-abortion protesters allegedly ingested abortion pills on the steps of the Supreme Court. The women, sponsored by the group Shout Your Abortion, were met with raucous cheers from onlookers.
Beyond conventional appeals from pro-life groups relating to Dobbs v. Jackson, 20 state legislators and a handful of Christian organizations filed an amicus brief exhorting the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade as a violation of both biblical and natural law.
According to the brief’s summary:
Amici call upon the Court to fulfill its God-given and oath-bound constitutional duty to administer justice. Amici also call upon the Court to restrain its unconstitutional abuse of power in Roe v. Wade in order to restore public respect for the Constitution, for the Court as an institution, for the Court’s rulings in general, and for the value of human life itself…
Ultimately, our true peace and stability depends first and foremost upon the blessing of God. Conversely, while any decline in public respect for the Constitution would be a threat to the Court, the greatest threat to all is the righteous judgment of God if we as a country and our institutions fail to acknowledge Him in all our ways as the ultimate authority.
The ultimate source of all legitimate earthly authority is divine. It is derived from “our Lord,” Jesus Christ, who has been delegated it by God the Father. As Christ said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
Many of the lawmakers who joined the brief argue that pro-life laws seek to regulate — rather than abolish — abortion.
Earlier this year, state Rep. Bryan Slaton (R-TX) introduced a bill that would “ensure the right to life and equal protection of the laws to all unborn children from the moment of fertilization.” Instead, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) signed a “trigger bill” that would only ban abortion in Texas — if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade — and neglected to support Slaton’s bill.
In response, Slaton told The Daily Wire that “to end the outright murder of innocent children, states must be willing to stand up and ban it with or without the Court’s permission.”