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WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) — The Biden administration released new federal guidelines Wednesday that threaten pharmacists with “anti-discrimination” violations if they refuse to fill prescriptions for abortion-inducing drugs.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) guidelines, addressed to roughly 60,000 retail pharmacies across the country, direct pharmacists to fill prescriptions for all legally prescribed drugs, even if those medications could be used to cause an abortion.
“We are committed to ensuring that everyone can access health care, free of discrimination,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement on the agency’s website.
“This includes access to prescription medications for reproductive health and other types of care,” Becerra said.
The Biden administration is warning retail pharmacies against denying patients abortion-inducing medication, saying this would violate anti-discrimination laws by withholding healthcare from pregnant people.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 13, 2022
In the aftermath of the leak of the Supreme Court majority opinion draft overruling Roe v. Wade, lawless vandals backed by the abortion lobby and pro-abortion politicians have launched riots and violent attacks on pro-life entities across America, from pregnancy centers to churches, and even targeted Justices' homes.
This widespread, organized effort not only sets a dangerous standard for how groups and individuals may opt to stage demonstrations going forward, but begs the question of how the pro-abortion crowd would behave if and when the Supreme Court officially overturns Roe later this summer.
And, worst of all, the White House has largely turned a blind eye to these riots, with Joe Biden -- who at one time claimed to be personally opposed to abortion due to his Catholic faith -- now acting as the foremost advocate for unfettered abortion access in America.
Biden's nonexistent response must be addressed, and the White House needs to know that the American people demand better from their supposed "leader."
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition calling on Joe Biden to stop beating around the bush and finally issue a formal statement condemning the violent riots and attacks on pro-life institutions across our country in the wake of the leaked Supreme Court majority opinion draft overturning Roe v. Wade.
Over Mother's Day weekend, pro-abortion attacks broke out across America, with increasingly depraved activists targeting pregnancy centers, pro-life advocacy organizations, and churches with either disruptive demonstrations or, in some cases, vandalism and outright violence.
Among the most barbaric occurrences was the vicious attack on Wisconsin Family Action, a pro-life group headquartered in Madison, where vandals threw a Molotov cocktail into an office window, started a fire on one of its walls, and left a threatening graffiti message reading "If abortions aren't safe then you aren't either."
Review a FULL LIST of other appalling attacks HERE.
They even descended upon the homes of Supreme Court Justices like Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, and Chief Justice John Roberts, who appear poised to formally issue the final blow to Roe v. Wade in the coming weeks, after publishing a map with their private addresses.
The case, which was decided nearly 50 years ago in 1973, saw members of the bench fabricate a constitutional "right" to abortion, depriving individual states from crafting their own laws to protect life. However, should Roe, as expected, be overturned, the matter of abortion would be returned to the states, where it always belonged, giving lawmakers the ability to propose legislation that would either place strong restrictions on the procedure or, in some cases, ban it outright.
And while, of course, freedom of speech must be protected and defended for all Americans, demonstrations that devolve into vandalism, rioting, the use of intimidation tactics against members of the judiciary (or anyone else, for that matter), or violence in any form must NEVER be tolerated.
But the White House seems to be taking a different approach...
It wasn't until Monday afternoon that Press Secretary Jen Psaki finally acknowledged the threat posed to Supreme Court Justices by out-of-control pro-abotion activists, claiming that "judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety."
This is true, but it took Psaki an entire week to make any semblance of a definitive statement about the White House's position on this urgent matter. In fact, Psaki previously refused to discourage the targeting of Justices' homes when asked, insisting that pro-abortion groups were staging "peaceful protests" instead; she even failed to condemn the leak itself -- an unprecedented breach of trust and rejection of institutional norms that could permanently damage the standing of the court and its ability to function as an apolitical body.
And, of course, Joe Biden, himself, has been virtually silent on the matter, failing to effectively speak out against these riots and reassure the American people that those who seek to vandalize property and perpetrate violence will be held legally accountable for their actions by the Department of Justice.
This is entirely unacceptable behavior from a commander-in-chief, and as political allies like Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (rather ironically) incite insurrection by labeling the Supreme Court's pending decision a "call to arms," the American people must demand that Joe Biden clarify where he stands, and whose side he's really on.
The rule of law must be upheld and applied equally, and that means calling out radical anti-life rioters and ensuring there are consequences for their violent outbursts and destruction of property across the country.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition calling on Joe Biden to condemn these rioters, and direct the U.S. Department of Justice to take action that will hold them accountable for their actions under the law.
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'‘Rise up, fight back’: Pro-abortion protesters descend upon Justice Alito’s house over imminent abortion ruling' (LifeSiteNews)
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The Hill noted that the new federal guidelines have been released “amid reports of pharmacists turning away women seeking abortion medication, or even medication used primarily to treat other ailments but that can cause abortions.”
The guidance makes clear that pharmacists who receive federal funding are bound under civil rights laws to supply potentially abortion-inducing medications, even in states that have outlawed chemical abortions.
Prescriptions pharmacists are required to fill could include mifepristone, which if combined with misoprostol can help effectuate a first-trimester abortion, The Hill pointed out.
The mifepristone and misoprostol combination is on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of essential drugs and is considered the “gold standard” for first-trimester abortions.
Officials also reportedly said that pharmacists must fill prescriptions for methotrexate, which the outlet referred to as “a common drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune conditions” which also has an off-label use of ending ectopic pregnancies.
Pharmacists who refuse to dispense drugs like methotrexate and mifepristone, the officials said, could be guilty of violating the patient’s civil rights.
The new guidance comes days after President Joe Biden’s Friday executive order to broaden abortion access across the country following the rollback of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court last month.
In the order, Biden directed federal agencies to protect and expand access to “medication abortion” and “convene private pro bono attorneys, bar associations, and public interest organizations” to provide legal counsel for women seeking abortions and doctors committing abortions, LifeSiteNews previously reported.
On Monday, the HHS directed hospitals to perform abortions if a pregnant woman’s life is at risk, even in states that outlaw abortion. Most states with pro-life laws provide exceptions in cases of medical necessity, and many pro-life advocates argue that there is never a circumstance in which abortion is medically necessary.
Meanwhile, studies have suggested the abortion-inducing drugs — in addition to taking the life of an unborn child — could have serious side effects for the women who take them.
A recent peer-reviewed study by the Charlotte Lozier Institute concluded that “The rate of abortion-related emergency room visits following a chemical abortion increased over 500% from 2002 through 2015, according to an analysis of Medicaid claims data.”
The study also found that “the rate of abortion-related ER visits is growing faster for chemical abortions than [for] surgical abortions.”
The FDA states that there have been numerous complications from using mifepristone, including 24 recorded deaths and thousands of other adverse events reported to the FDA as of the end of 2018.
Despite the risks, however, the FDA last year scrapped its in-person dispensing requirement, allowing American women to order the abortion drugs through the mail.