Romney must stop supporting abortion extremist at FDA

The DC-based pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List on Thursday called on Republican Utah Senator Mitt Romney to reverse his stance on the nomination of former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf for take over the lead role at the FDA.

“Just days ago, Senator Romney appeared virtually at the National March for Life in support of the sea of ​​Americans gathered to represent the millions of voiceless unborn children killed and women injured by abortion in our country,” said Marilyn, vice president of government affairs for the SBA list. Musgrave. “Senator Romney’s tribute to the pro-life cause is vastly out of step with the course he is backing prominent abortion industry ally Robert Califf for the Commissioner of FDA.”

Earlier this month, Romney was one of four Republicans who voted to advance Califf’s nomination before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Others included Sens. Richard Burr from North Carolina, Susan Collins from Maine and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska.

Ahead of the committee vote, the SBA led a coalition letter from about 50 pro-life groups urging senators to reject Califf’s nomination to his former position held under President Barack Obama in 2016 to expand access to the ‘abortion.

“Under Califf’s leadership under the Obama administration, the FDA has significantly undermined reporting and safety requirements on medical abortion, also known as chemical abortion,” they wrote in the letter dated 12 January. “In several states, chemical abortion has become the primary method of abortion, and more states are on the verge of doing the same. With this rapid shift in the abortion industry to chemical abortion, the weakening of adverse event reporting requirements has obscured the full extent of complications.

In the group’s press release on Thursday, the SBA list noted particular concerns about the Biden administration’s aggressive expansion of chemical abortion by mail.

“Administration policy permits unsafe home and do-it-yourself abortions without necessary medical supervision,” the group wrote. “Califf should permanently authorize mail-order abortions if it is confirmed to lead the FDA.”

Pro-life leaders in Romney’s home state also condemned their senator’s support for an abortion advocate at one of the nation’s top public health agencies.

“Robert Califf has a reputation for putting the extreme agenda of the abortion lobby ahead of the safety of women and the lives of unborn children,” said Mary Taylor, president of Pro-Life Utah. “There is no doubt that he would fast-track the approval of the mailing of unsafe chemical abortion drugs to mothers – at great risk to their health and safety and at the expense of their unborn children.”

Gayle Ruzicka, president of the Utah Eagle Forum, expressed similar concerns.

“Chemical abortions are deadly for the unborn child and dangerous for its mother,” Ruzicka said, citing a study that found a 500% increase in abortion-related ER visits since the early 2000s. when the drugs had barely been used. approved. “If Senator Romney truly wants to represent the people of our pro-life state, he should oppose Robert Califf’s appointment to the FDA.”

Califf’s nomination comes at a desperate time for abortion advocates who await an expected Supreme Court ruling in the coming months, with the potential to overturn the court’s 1973 ruling in Roe vs. Wade.


Tristan Justice is the Western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan is a graduate of George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at [email protected]

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