Lawmakers Should Follow Science on Abortion Drug

4/5/2016 - Associate Professor of Sociology Drew Halfmann in The Sacramento Bee.

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration updated its 16-year-old guidelines for mifepristone, the drug used in medication abortions, to reflect the latest scientific evidence and reduce potential side effects.

Medication abortions make up about a quarter of all abortions, and in most states, the new guidelines will have little impact on doctors. They already follow the best science by using the pill off-label – a common and legal practice, given that science often advances faster than the FDA.

However, six anti-abortion Republican legislatures, including those in Ohio and Texas, have prohibited off-label use of mifepristone.

Read the full story in The Sacramento Bee.