Prompted by the fact that some states have banned the shipment of chemical abortion pills to their residents, Democrats in the U.S. House have submitted a resolution that essentially gives the Food and Drug Administration the power to override any state laws regarding abortion.
The resolution from Representatives Diana DeGette (D-Colorado) and Mondaire Jones (D-New York) also emphasizes the authority of the U.S. attorney general to take action against any state that enacts a law prohibiting or limiting a patient's ability to access or use such products as mifepristone and misoprostol.
"We believe that this is a great overreach over pro-life states," responds Kimberlyn Schwartz of Texas Right to Life. "The federal government is not responsible and does not have the authority to force states to allow people to kill preborn children."
She tells AFN the Democrats have evidently not read the U.S. Constitution.
"They don't quite know that there is this document that enshrines a right for states to have the authority over issues like abortion," Schwartz observes. "Also … the unborn child has a right to life, which is also enshrined in the Constitution."
When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this year, it recognized that the states are responsible for making policy on abortion, which includes restricting the delivery of chemical abortion medications in states where abortion is illegal.