Bishops Raise Alarm Over Underreported Complications and Safety Concerns in Deregulated Abortion Practices


Amidst the ongoing debate over abortion practices in the United States, the country’s bishops issue a stern warning about the potential underreporting of complications associated with chemical abortions.

Their concerns are centered on the deregulation by the FDA, creating a landscape where adverse effects might be more common but inadequately documented.

Complications and Underreporting:

The bishops emphasize the likelihood of underreported complications, particularly as many women opt for abortions in emergency rooms, where the procedures might not be accurately coded or documented in medical records.

Dr. Skop supports this view, pointing out that adverse effects from chemical abortions are more prevalent than surgical ones, but the actual numbers could be higher due to various factors, including privacy concerns and shame.

FDA Deregulation Raises Red Flags:

Expressing deep reservations, the bishops raise concerns about the lack of safeguards resulting from FDA deregulation.

They highlight issues such as the absence of in-person doctor visits, the option for mail delivery of abortion drugs, and the potential access granted to minors.

The bishops underscore the absence of proper studies on the adverse effects of this deregulation, calling attention to the disregard for age restrictions and crucial safeguards used in clinical trials.

Dr. Pierucci’s Perspective:

Dr. Robin Pierucci, a neonatologist and co-chair of the pro-life committee at the American College of Pediatricians, emphasizes the medical and legal implications of the lack of safeguards.

She argues that women with unplanned pregnancies are left “medically and legally abandoned” due to the removal of reporting mechanisms and the absence of in-person medical examinations.

Evil Ideology and Pro-Abortion Priorities:

Dr. Skop condemns the pro-abortion movement for prioritizing the death of the unborn child over the health and safety of the mother.

She asserts that, in their view, injured women become collateral damage, highlighting what she perceives as an alarming and evil ideology prevalent in society today.

Supreme Court’s Role and Potential Impacts:

The article concludes by noting that the United States Supreme Court is set to hear a lawsuit challenging the approval and subsequent deregulations of abortion drugs.

The bishops stress the potential ramifications, given that nearly half of all abortions in the country are chemical abortions.

The outcome of the case could significantly shape the future landscape of abortion practices in the United States.

Author Information:

The article was reported by Tyler Arnold, a staff reporter for Catholic News Agency, based in EWTN News’ Washington Bureau. A

rnold’s previous work includes contributions to The Center Square and publications in various outlets, including The Associated Press, National Review, The American Conservative, and The Federalist.

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