Ted Cruz takes heat for calling for abortion pill ban
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!
"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."