BOSTON, MA – U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is calling on federal and state health officials to make it easier for women to get an abortion during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I wrote to the US FDA in April asking them to take a look at the evidence and do just that. Any attempts by my Senate colleagues to spread medically inaccurate information about reproductive health care are dangerous and irresponsible,” she said. “Let’s be clear: years of scientific evidence show that medication abortion is safe and effective. At a time when COVID-19 and the maternal mortality crisis are disproportionately harming people of color, we should be ensuring access to essential medical care – including abortion.”
“People who need an abortion cannot delay care and should not needlessly risk coronavirus exposure,” Warren said in that April letter. “Given the years of scientific evidence indicating that medication abortion is a safe and effective treatment, we ask that FDA take immediate steps to temporarily exercise enforcement discretion on in-person dispensing requirements, so that people can more easily access abortion care without putting themselves or their health care providers at risk of infection from COVID-19.”