Trump’s MAGA Veepstakes: Donald Trump’s MAGA Minions Want to Ban Medication Abortion 

As MAGA minions follow Donald Trump’s lead and seek to rip away medication abortion access nationwide, including voting to restrict access to medication abortion in Louisiana today, DNC spokesperson Aida Ross released the following statement: 

“Donald Trump and the extreme MAGA Republicans vying to be his running mate are hellbent on ripping away access to medication abortion for millions of women. Overturning Roe v. Wade was just the beginning in Trump and the MAGA GOP’s long crusade to rip away women’s reproductive freedoms — if they get their way, access to safe, effective medication abortion nationwide is next on the chopping block. No matter who Trump taps for his ticket, they’ve made it clear they’ll be pushing the same extreme anti-choice playbook voters have rejected over and over again.” 

As Trump continues his attacks on reproductive freedoms, MAGA Republicans vying to be his running mate are following his lead and pushing to rip away access to medication abortion across the country.  

Tennessee Lookout: “A total of 145 members of Congress from 36 states, who opposed access to mifepristone remaining as it is today, submitted their own 39-page brief in the case, calling on the Supreme Court to limit access.”

Signers include: Katie Britt, Marsha Blackburn, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, Elise Stefanik, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Michael Waltz.

Cindy Hyde-Smith: “U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and Congressman Bob Latta (R-Ohio) today reintroduced their Support and Value Expectant (SAVE) Moms and Babies Act to strengthen federal controls over the regulation and distribution of chemical abortion drugs.

“The 31 original cosponsors of the Senate measure include: … Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), … Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) … Mike Lee (R-Utah), … Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) … Tim Scott (R-S.C.) … Michael Waltz (R-Fla.).”

Tim Scott: “U.S. Senator Tim Scott introduced legislation to protect the sanctity of human life by prohibiting chemical abortions from being performed without the supervision of a healthcare provider.”

NPR: “As medication abortion becomes dominant, red states restrict pills”

“In South Dakota, Gov. Kristi Noem recently signed legislation designed to restrict access to the drugs.”

The Hill: “Ramaswamy: Supreme Court should rule against FDA approval of abortion pill”

The Hill: “A group of 69 Republican members of Congress filed a brief urging an appeals court to uphold the decision of a federal judge in Texas last week that would halt the prescription of a widely used abortion pill, after over 200 congressional Democrats lobbied for a reversal of the ruling.”

“The 11 Republican senators who signed on … included Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Rick Scott (Fla.).”

Support and Value Expectant (SAVE) Moms and Babies Act: “This bill prohibits the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from approving any new drug (either as a brand-name drug or a generic) intended to terminate a pregnancy and imposes additional restrictions on such drugs that are already approved.

“Under the bill, an already-approved drug intended to terminate a pregnancy may be dispensed to a patient only with a prescription. Furthermore, the FDA may not approve any labeling change that would authorize (1) using the drug after 70 days of gestation, or (2) dispensing the drug by any means other than in-person administration by the prescribing health care practitioner.” 

Cosponsors include: Elise Stefanik.

Elise Stefanik Letters Co-Signed, SBA Pro-Life America: “This pro-life amicus brief asks the Supreme Court of the United States to deny a stay on a 5th Circuit ruling that would have returned chemical abortion drugs to the 2016 safety protocols, ending reckless and illegal mail-order abortion.”

Trump’s Project 2025 allies are also plotting to effectively ban medication abortion nationwide and shut down clinics in all 50 states if he is elected to a second term. 

Project 2025: “FDA should … Reverse its approval of chemical abortion drugs because the politicized approval process was illegal from the start … Now that the Supreme Court has acknowledged that the Constitution contains no right to an abortion, the FDA is ethically and legally obliged to revisit and withdraw its initial approval, which was premised on pregnancy being an ‘illness’ and abortion being ‘therapeutically’ effective at treating this ‘illness.’ The FDA is statutorily charged with guaranteeing the safety and efficacy of drugs and therefore should withdraw this drug that is proven to be dangerous to women and by definition fatally unsafe for unborn children.”

Axios: “The Heritage Foundation, which has proposed detailed policies for a potential GOP administration, argues that Comstock ‘unambiguously prohibits mailing abortion drugs’ and says the next administration should ‘enforce federal law against providers and distributors of [abortion] pills.’”

The Atlantic: “Their next goal will be ending legal abortion in America once and for all. … Their ultimate aim in reviving the Comstock Act is to use it to shut down every abortion facility “in all 50 states.”

Reminder: Donald Trump appointed the right-wing judges who overturned Roe v. Wade and put access to medication abortion at risk for millions of women across the country.

NBC News: “In an unprecedented move, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk on Friday suspended the Food and Drug Administration’s longtime approval of key abortion pill mifepristone.”

CNBC: “Kacsmaryk, appointed to the federal bench by former President Donald Trump in 2019, previously worked for the Christian conservative legal group First Liberty Institute and has espoused socially conservative views on LGBTQ rights and abortion.”

NPR: “A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that mifepristone, one of two pills used in medication abortions, should not be prescribed past seven weeks of pregnancy or via telemedicine. … A three judge panel of the 5th Circuit heard arguments in the case in May. All three judges were appointed by Republicans. Two are Trump appointees, one was appointed by George W. Bush.”