On Monday, Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey announced that his office is suing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health and Senior Services after they unlawfully approved the shipping of chemical abortion pills in the mail.
BREAKING: We have filed suit against @POTUS‘ FDA for unlawfully approving the shipment of chemical abortion pills in the mail.
Bureaucrats do not have the authority to issue guidance that would cost the lives of both women and their unborn children. pic.twitter.com/7UqenQTDJK
Twenty Republican state attorneys general joined in the effort, led by Bailey, who in February said he was doing everything in his power to warn the companies that his office will use “every tool at our disposal to uphold the law.”
“Unelected federal bureaucrats do not have the statutory authority to approve the shipment of these dangerous chemical abortion drugs in the mail,” Bailey said. “The FDA’s guidance is not only unlawful but would cost the lives of both women and their unborn children. I am proud to be leading a coalition of states that halt the FDA’s illegal federal overreach in its tracks.”
Bailey asserts in the lawsuit that the FDA has the “statutory responsibility” of protecting the health, safety and welfare of each American, which includes rejecting or limiting the use of dangerous drugs.
The attorney general says the FDA, which falls under the Biden administration, has failed with that responsibility.
“Specifically, it failed America’s women and girls when it chose politics over science and approved risky, untested chemical abortion drugs for use in the United States,” the lawsuit reads. “And, it has continued to fail them by turning a blind eye to these harms and repeatedly removing even the most basic precautionary requirements associated with the use of these risky drugs.”
Walgreens and CVS first announced their intention to distribute abortion pills in the mail after the Biden administration, in early January, developed a plan which they announced over a year ago, to change a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule in a way that would allow companies like Walgreens and CVS to apply for a certification to distribute a two-step abortion-inducing drug.