Pro-lifers grapple with abortion-pill loopholes as Roe decision looms

Most doctors are not willing to prescribe drugs across state lines where they aren’t licensed, Glenn said. So, she said, “our focus is not on regulating around this drug generally. It’s on how to we get to those bad actors who know that they’re doing something that exceeds the scope of their license, certainly exceeds what the FDA has permitted.”

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One option is going after the certification of abortion doctors who knowingly violate state laws.

“If Republicans win the White House in 2024, I would love to see somebody come into the FDA who wants to do that, who wants to say, certification isn’t a blank check to do what you want,” Glenn said. “You have to actually abide by this, because currently the certification requirements still say things like, you have to be able to provide necessary follow-up care for complications. A doctor in California can’t do that for me in Tampa.”

Pro-life advocates also want to beef up reporting requirements for abortion-pill complications to help build a better record of the pills’ negative effects. Glenn is also in favor of putting pressure on the financial firms and web hosting companies that enable groups like Aid Access to operate and collect payments, similar to when Visa and Mastercard stopped processing online payments on PornHub after a 2020 New York Times report detailed “unlawful content” on the site. Glenn said those companies acted, “because pressure was put on them to do so.”

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