HEALTH CARE

Right to Birth Control Bill Creates Problems, Won’t Solve

Leftists have pushed for radical abortion since June 24, when the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade decision, righting a grave wrong by overturning abortion on demand. We have pushed the agenda across the country.

Within the state, the left has responded to the High Court ruling of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization by promoting taxpayer-funded abortion “tourism,” downplaying state abortion laws, and enshrining so-called abortion rights into state constitutions. I am trying to specify.

At the federal level, the Biden administration has announced administrative actions to facilitate abortion and abortion travel and to provide emergency medical care, especially under the guise of enforcing federal laws related to patient privacy.

For example, President Joe Biden used the state of the administration to force the Pentagon and the Veterans Administration to ignore decades of federal policy and pay for abortions with taxpayer money.

Members of Congress have pursued many policies in favor of abortion.

  • Promote the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act, which codifies abortion on demand at the federal level and effectively nullifies hundreds of pro-life state laws.
  • It is proposing to “shut down” the pregnancy resource centers that serve millions of Americans across the country each year.
  • It promotes dangerous “do-it-yourself” abortion pills and even falsely claims that FDA approval takes precedence over state laws that tighten safety protections.

Some of these proposals go beyond abortion to include contraception.

Case in point: In July, the House passed the Right to Birth Control Act (HR 8373). This goes far beyond protecting access to contraception. Rather, the bill establishes a “statutory right to access contraceptives.”

The law, which is currently before the Senate, states that new rights “must not be restricted or violated by restrictions or requirements that prevent access to contraceptives.”

The bill also states that this new “right” will replace all existing federal and state laws. Besides,

Neither federal nor state governments may administer, enforce, or enforce any law, rule, regulation, standard, or other provision to the force and effect of law that is inconsistent with any provision of this Act, notwithstanding any other provision of federal law. not, including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

One of the clear intents of HR 8373 is to void state and federal conscientious protections for health care workers and employers who morally or religiously object to providing contraception or sterilization.

In fact, these rights of conscience were central to two Supreme Court cases brought by Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor. Both successfully opposed Obamacare mandates for employers to provide and pay for contraceptives, including drugs and devices that induce sterilization and abortion.

The bill also provides a covert effort to thwart state and federal efforts to direct government funding for family planning toward overall women’s health care and away from abortion factories such as Planned Parenthood. It is also an attempt.

Even more disturbing, the blanket language preempts the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to regulate contraceptives and devices.

The bill would change the term “contraceptive” to “legally marketed under the Federal Food and Drug Administration, whether specifically intended to prevent pregnancy or intended for any other health need.” “any drug, device, or biological product intended for use in the prevention of pregnancy, regardless of whether or not , and Cosmetic Law.

In this context, the term “legally marketed” means that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the product for the U.S. market. But determining whether a drug or device can be marketed in the United States is just one of the FDA’s responsibilities.

The agency is also tasked with regulating the manufacture, importation, labeling, distribution and promotion of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Congress long ago asked the FDA not only to protect Americans from unapproved medical products, but to ensure that approved drugs and devices are manufactured correctly and safely, are not tampered with between the factory and the patient, and are mislabeled. authorized to be unlabeled and not advertised by the FDA. Manufacturer for unauthorized use.

However, the House bill’s overarching language does not allow drugs or devices used for contraception (approved for other purposes but used “off label” for contraception), whether intentional or not. manufacturing, importing, distributing, labeling or promoting pharmaceuticals, even

This prevents the FDA from seizing drugs and devices that are contaminated, poorly manufactured, or even outright counterfeit. So the bill should be more accurately titled “Unsafe Counterfeit Contraceptives Law”.

A radical contraceptive law would not only be a blatant violation of the First Amendment’s right of conscience, but would also overturn more than a century of statutes of Congress. Since the Pure Food and Drug Act was passed in 1906, these laws have been designed to ensure the safety of medicines and medical products used by Americans.

Unlike the House, the Senate should throw this bill in the trash.

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