House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and nine other Republican members of the U.S. House are backing an amicus brief filed by Americans United for Life (AUL) in support of efforts by the State of Ohio to stop abuse of the deadly RU-486 abortion drug.
"By their own admission, abortion providers are administering RU-486 in a manner that violates the safety standards that were articulated by the FDA when it approved the drug," Boehner said. "This abuse is symptomatic of an abortion industry that is more concerned about profits than it is about women's health. The State of Ohio is well within its rights and acting in the interests of its people in seeking to ensure the FDA standards are fully enforced for this deadly drug, which should never have been legalized in the first place."
"I applaud Americans United for Life for filing this amicus brief in defense of families in Ohio and throughout the nation," Boehner said. "I'm also troubled that Planned Parenthood, an organization that receives millions in taxpayer money from the federal government every year, is leading the effort to undermine federal standards for RU-486 and expand the reckless and unsafe use of this deadly abortion drug."
Planned Parenthood is the sponsor of a lawsuit that has kept Ohio's proposed RU-486 law from being enforced. The state's attorneys argue the law is constitutional. The case is currently before the Ohio Supreme Court.
A 2007 report in the Weekly Standard chronicled Planned Parenthood's "burgeoning RU-486 practice." According to the report: "Six women are known to have died in this country between 2003 and 2006 after taking the abortion pill, whose generic name is mifepristone and which was approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration in 2000. Four of those six received the drug at Planned Parenthood clinics, where it was - and still is - administered in a fashion that does not comply with the FDA's protocols."
The amicus brief supported by Boehner is available online via a page on the Americans United for Life website. Other Members of Congress backing the brief include U.S. Reps. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Dan Burton (R-IN), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Robert Latta (R-OH), Joseph R. Pitts (R-PA), Jean Schmidt (R-OH), and Chris Smith (R-NJ).