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91 GOP Elected Officials, Led By Ted Cruz, Want to Ban Controversial Abortion Pill

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz and 19 Republican colleagues in the Senate, along with 71 House Republicans, are requesting that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibit the use of Mifeprex, mostly known as RU-486, to terminate pregnancies within 10 weeks after conception.

“It is by now nakedly obvious that the abortion industry and its allies in the media, billionaire philanthropic circles, and special interest groups have wanted an unregulated and de-medicalized abortion pill since the moment the FDA first approved it in 2000,” Cruz and the other elected officials stated in a letter directed to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn on September 1, 2020.

According to a report from the Epoch Times, “The Mifeprex abortion pill has been used to terminate the lives of an estimated 3.7 million unborn babies, caused 24 maternal deaths, and resulted in more than 4,100 adverse reactions in users, including bleeding, extreme abdominal pain, and life-threatening infections, according to the signers.”

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“Of course, adverse events are notoriously underreported, which makes the true number impossible to assess. Moreover, as of 2016, abortion pill manufacturers are only required to report maternal deaths,” the signers said to Hahn.

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“However, most women experiencing adverse reactions (such as hemorrhaging) are more likely to seek emergency care at hospitals and emergency rooms, rather than returning to the abortion facility where the pill was prescribed.”

In addition, the signers urged Hahn to use the FDA’s current power to declare Mifeprex “an imminent hazard to public health” that presents “a significant threat of danger.”

Epoch Times highlighted the elected officials who signed on to the letter:

Senators joining Cruz in signing the letter include Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Joni K. Ernst (R-Iowa), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Roger F. Wicker (R-Miss.), Michael B. Enzi (R-Wyo.), M. Michael Rounds (R-S.D.), Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), James E. Risch (R-Idaho), and John Hoeven (R-N.D.).

For the House, Georgia congressman Jody Hice passed around the draft letter and was able to gather 70 signatures from Republican colleagues.

Mallory Quigley, the Vice President of the Susan B. Anthony List (SBAL), told The Epoch Times on September 2 that “chemical abortion drugs are dangerous and put women at serious risk of heavy bleeding, infection, and even death.”

Furthermore, Quigley asserted that her pro-life organization believes Democratic officials who advocate for the expansion of “chemical abortion during this uncertain time for the health and safety of our nation … repeatedly put the profits of the abortion industry over the protection of women and their children.”

In the pro-life letter, the signers additionally called on Hahn to carry out “a serious examination of the ethical practices and FDA compliance of clinical trials like the TelAbortion project conducted by Gynuity, a research group associated with abortion giant Planned Parenthood.”

It also noted the following:

Gynuity’s direct-to-consumer abortion pill-by-mail experiment has been going on for nearly five years and has now expanded to 13 states. In addition to placing the lives of American women and children at risk by offering their clinical study to girls as young as 10 years old, they use women in Burkina Faso in their second trimester as research subjects, despite the high risk of infection and uterine rupture.

Cruz is a leading pro-life voice in the Senate. He is a sponsor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which President Donald Trump is in favor of.

Although pro-life issues are not as high profile these days, the America First grassroots still hold them in high esteem. The right to life is a fundamental American freedom and President Trump should do everything he can to open up a robust national discussion on the issue.

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Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign

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The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.

At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.

Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.

“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.

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Fallon added:

I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.

“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:

This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.

I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.

Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.

“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”

“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.

“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.

Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.

A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.

Election Day will be on September 29.

Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.

 

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