Chattanoogans respond to extended abortion pill access

Pharmacies, online distributors receive broadened availability due to FDA

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — CBS News reported Tuesday that the FDA “finalized a rule change” that expands the availability of abortion pills in large pharmacies and mail-order companies.

Neighborhood and online pharmacies could soon be impacted, as well.

CBS News further reports that the action “formally updates the drug’s labeling to allow more retail pharmacies to dispense the pills.”

This can only be done so long as pharmacies “complete a certification process.”

In response to the FDA’s actions, News 12 spoke with a pair of Chattanoogans who have differing views on the decision.

“If a doctor and a woman have come together to make an educated, informed and important decision about her health, then it is not the government’s right to take that decision away from her,” said Rachel Campbell, Chair of the Hamilton County Democratic Party. “So if they find their way to CVS and it is legal for them to be on the shelves, then there’s no reason for that not to happen.”

“This is a perfect illustration of why we passed the Tennessee Abortion Inducing Drug Risk Protocol Act last year — so that women’s health can not be undermined by the federal government,” said Candy Clepper, President of Chattanooga Greater Right to Life. “Tennessee knows better than the federal government how to protect its patients.”

Campbell also says that at the end of the day, she still believes the decision of whether or not to stock the pills belongs to pharmacies.

News 12 also reached out to a pair of local pharmacies on the matter but received no comment.

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