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FDA to Announce Decision on New Abortion Drug

Concerned Women for America ready to respond

Contact: Demi Bardsley, Concerned Women for America, 202-255- 2278

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to announce soon whether it will approve the new abortion drug called "ella."

Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, is available to respond.

    "Though called an 'emergency contraceptive,' the drug operates the same way as the abortion drug RU-486, which has caused numerous deaths and over 1,000 reported adverse events," stated Wendy Wright.

    "Incredibly, despite evidence that ella may cause birth defects in babies that survive, members of an FDA Advisory Committee recommended against long-term studies to determine if it does, preferring that women be kept in the dark.  Women deserve better than this.  If the FDA deliberately misleads women by mislabeling the drug as a contraceptive, and does not send the drug back for adequate trials to determine the possible serious complications to women and their babies, it will be putting abortion politics above women's health.  The FDA should not have lower standards for reproductive drugs for women than it would for any other drug."

Concerned Women for America is the nation's largest public policy women's organization.