In response to U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang’s ruling that suspends health and safety protections for women seeking chemical abortion pills, Katie Glenn, Government Affairs Counsel at Americans United for Life, issued the following statement:

“Today’s injunction undermines the health and safety of all women—but especially endangers low-income women and communities of color, the very people the plaintiffs purport to represent. These communities have suffered immensely during COVID-19. Instead of fighting for the health, safety, and wellbeing of women who make the unfortunate decision to seek a chemical abortion, today’s decision strips basic health and safety protections and leaves women to experience potentially life-threatening complications alone. Activists who support stripping these basic health and safety protections disregard the dangerous history of chemical abortion drugs like mifepristone, which, according to FDA data, resulted in more than 4,000 adverse events, 1,000 hospitalizations, hundreds of infections, and at least 24 deaths. Abortion businesses want to wipe their hands of responsibility to patients. Today’s injunction is a step in that direction.”

Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization that holds the distinction of being the first national pro-life organization in America—incorporated in 1971. AUL advances the human right to life in culture, law, and policy by equipping advocates and lawmakers with the facts and strategies that change hearts and minds and protect human life.