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AUL Says Texas Bill Protects Women from Dangerous Off-Label Use of Abortion Drugs

“Abortion drugs kill women when not used properly. With the passage of this bill, Planned Parenthood will have to start dispensing these drugs properly,” said AUL’s Dan McConchie.

AUSTIN, TEXAS, 3/14/11 –Americans United for Life Vice President of Government Affairs Dan McConchie applauded Texas Senator Dan Patrick and Representative Jodie Laubenberg for introducing SB 1790 and HB 3408 Friday to ensure that abortion providers are not dispensing already-dangerous, abortion-inducing drugs in an unapproved and medically-inappropriate manner.

The bill requires that abortion providers dispense abortion-inducing drugs only in the way tested and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and outlined in the drug’s label. These requirements will prevent the dangerous “off-label” use of abortion-inducing drugs that has killed at least seven women in the United States alone—an “off-label” use that Planned Parenthood readily admits to, on its website and in court documents. To read more on this, click here.

Senator Patrick and Representative Laubenberg, recognizing that the FDA’s approval of abortion-inducing drugs like RU-486 effectively trumps the State of Texas’s ability to outlaw the use of these dangerous drugs, introduced the bill for the purpose of protecting women to the greatest extent possible under existing federal law.  The bill requires that physicians examine a woman before dispensing an abortion-inducing drug to assess the stage of the pregnancy and to ensure that she does not have any hidden conditions making the drug even more dangerous for her.

McConchie said: “For too long, abortion providers have been dispensing abortion-inducing drugs such as RU-486 in a reckless and unsafe manner that serves only to boost their own profit margins and it must stop. This bill ensures that abortion providers dispense abortion drugs in the way approved by the FDA and not in a manner that exposes women to even greater risks.”

For more information on the Abortion-Inducing Drug Safety Act, click here.

To track the legislation’s progress throughout the session, check out AUL’s Legislative Watch for the bill’s current status here.