Thursday, January 26, 2023

North Carolina OB-GYN Doc Sues Over Restrictions to Abortion Drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently got rid of restrictions that required patients to pick up mifepristone abortion pills in-person from their doctor. Now, according to the FDA, certified pharmacies can dispense the abortion medication to people who have a verified prescription -- just like many other prescription drugs. 

But hold on, say the anti-abortion bosses in North Carolina, "We're not going to let that happen so easily. Patient, meet hoops."

UNC OB-GYN specialist Dr. Amy Bryant has filed a Federal lawsuit against the state's restrictions. The lawsuit states, "Under the North Carolina restrictions, instead of seeing patients in an office setting (or remotely via telehealth), and having the option of either dispensing the medications or providing a prescription for a patient to fill from a pharmacy so that the patient may take the medication at the place of their choosing," N.C. doctors are being asked to provide the abortion pill themselves "in person and be present when it is administered in a specially certified facility." North Carolina also imposes a 72-hour waiting period.

Bryant claims those restrictions "interfere with her ability to provide medical care to her patients, according to her best medical judgment and in accordance with federal law."

Bryant's court filing states, "Medication abortion is inherently time-critical, and delaying such care can unnecessarily increase risk or even push patients outside the window for use of mifepristone, potentially forcing patients to have more involved and more expensive procedures (which will present heightened risks for some patients)."


Wolf's Head said...

Look, you all are about abortion no matter what, but this is not a big issue.

If dems really cared about people, they would end the requirement for a doctor's prescription for insulin and promote competition to drive the cost down.

I have two children who are Type 1 (or juvenile) diabetics. They are insulin dependent as other Type 1s are. Without insulin they will die.

(And I know there are lefties out there who are wishing that on them right now because of who I am)

Many places across the globe a prescription is not required for insulin purchase, including US territories such as the US Virgin Islands.

So, having to see a doc because you want to kill your baby doesn't seem that farfetched to me.

Red Hornet said...

How can you say abortion is not a big issue when you speak as if insulin is much more significant? Are we supposed to rank urgency based on your personal situation alone?

Anonymous said...

Pro-gun, concealed/open carry folk that fetishize the opportunity to kill some one when they feel threatened or marginalized, make me laugh when they are righteously indignant about women's health care rights.