Ted Cruz takes heat for calling for abortion pill ban

dublinbay z6 (KS)

The other half of that headline is a quote by Cruz: "'Pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness.'

That statement generated a lot of loud opposition back!

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"Sen. Ted Cruz came under fire after saying Wednesday on social media that pregnancy is not "life-threatening" when the U.S. has the highest maternal death rate out of the world's developed nations.

Cruz made the comment in a tweet promoting a letter signed by himself and other Republican senators calling on the Food and Drug Administration to declare Mifeprex, also known as the "abortion pill," an "imminent hazard to the public health" and removed from the market.

"Pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness, and the abortion pill does not cure or prevent any disease," Cruz said. "Make no mistake, Mifeprex is a dangerous pill. That’s why 20 of my Republican colleagues and I are urging @US_FDA to classify it as such."

A USA TODAY Network investigation found about 50,000 U.S. women are severely harmed and about 700 die because of complications related to childbirth every year. The U.S. maternal mortality rate was more than double that of Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Canada and Japan. And Black women in the U.S. are more than twice as likely to die during childbirth, according to data from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.

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Though it has a better safety record than penicillin and Viagra, the abortion pill is only available at a pharmacy with a prescription. . . .

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Cruz's tweet about the letter received push back from many abortion-rights proponents on social media.

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"This is a dangerous, misogynistic lie," said Shannon Freshour, a Democratic candidate in Ohio for a U.S. House seat. "Pregnancy can, and often is, a life-threatening or even life-ending medical condition, especially among black mothers and women of color. Why are you politicizing and lying about women's lives to control and kill us? Have you no morality?"

Dr. Eugine Gu, an advocate for progressive causes who successfully sued Trump for blocking him on Twitter, said Cruz's "chauvinistic attitude" contributes to the U.S. hav[ing] a high rate of maternal mortality.

"We doubled our maternal mortality rate from the 1980s to today. Pregnancy is not an illness, but it is life threatening in America," Gu said on Twitter. "And due to rampant racism in healthcare and the prejudice of many doctors, the maternal mortality for black women is 4 times higher than for white women."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/09/03/ted-cruz-pregnancy-not-life-threatening-abortion-bill-ban/5700978002/

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jmm1837

Why on earth do politicians imagine they have the right to get between a woman and her doctor? And why is it always right wing politicians patting the little woman on the head and telling her, "there, there, we know better." Sixty years of women's lib and attitudes among the dinosaur set haven't changed.

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Kathy

This is a real travesty especially since we have been told we have the best healthcare in the world by the Republicans.


U.S. has the highest maternal death rate out of the world's developed nations.


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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

If cruz got pregnant after being assaulted by one of those bad Mexicans that donald referred too I bet he'd have a different attitude.

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Olychick

Well, they're all about their 'freedumbs' until it comes to women and our rights to control our bodies!

I say viagra is a dangerous drug that should be banned!

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foodonastump

It baffles me when people feel the need to misquote, when they already have such a strong argument on their side.

ETA - It appears they caught the error and corrected it.

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maddie260

Yet, Louis Gohmert, another rabid anti-abortion foe, had the cojones to tweet:

"I am taking #Hydroxychloroquine to treat my coronavirus diagnosis. It is what was decided as the best course of action between my doctor and me--not by government bureaucrats..."

But, a woman's health care is decided by government bureaucrats? Spare me.

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kadefol

cruz is notoriously anti-abortion so he will do and claim anything to get his way, which is to completely ban abortions. The bottom line is, it should be 100% up to the woman whether she wants to carry out a pregnancy or not. And if one pill is dangerous and banned, they need to provide another, safe pill to do the job.

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jmm1837

As I understand it, this is a tricky pill to use, so it is not suitable for "over the counter" medication, but used properly and under instruction, it's safe and effective. It's been around for years, after all.

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littleonefb(zone 5, MA)

So, let us get this straight.

Ted Cruz, claims ""Pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness, and the abortion pill does not cure or prevent any disease, Make no mistake, Mifeprex is a dangerous pill. That’s why 20 of my Republican colleagues and I are urging @US_FDA to classify it as such."

"Dangerous pill" even though "Though it has a better safety record than penicillin and Viagra, the abortion pill is only available at a pharmacy with a prescription. . . ."

So, I get it, I really do. Mifeprex is a dangerous pill. Yup, I get it, loud and clear.

The danger is this, in the eyes of the right wing anti abortion crew, made up of mostly men in both the US House and Senate, keeping this medication on the market as is and available to women in need, is contradictory to their personal beliefs that women are not capable of making decisions about their own health care and their lives.

They come from a manipulative, controlling belief that women should be "seen and not heard, as if they where children, and should pretty much stay 'barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen'"; should be subserviant to the male species and their only decision making process should be for "taking care of home and hearth" the children, cooking, cleaning etc.

Therefore, this medication is dangerous to them, It takes their belief and spins it on it's head and they just can't deal with that.

These mostly men, have yet to figure out that they will never, ever be able to prevent abortions. That they will always exist. Even if they could get Roe V Wade overturned, there will always be backdoor abortionists doing the job, killing more women than even childbirth does today. There will always be enough money for some to travel to get an abortion, to pay off a doctor in this country to perform the abortion.

How sick is it, that men think they have the right to control a woman's body, what she can and can't do with it and force a woman or children for that matter, risk their lives and carry a pregnancy to term, just because they don't believe she has the right to terminate a pregnancy, because she isn't capable of making a decision that is correct for her.

After all these years, we are still, as women, fighting the same battle, men's desperate need to control women and do as they say.



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