A national pro-life advocacy organization called on Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) to change his position on supporting Dr. Robert Califf to head Joe Biden’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Susan B. Anthony List pointed out Romney’s inconsistent political positions on abortion regarding whether Califf should be returned to his position during the Obama Administration.
SBA List Vice President Marilyn Musgrave issued a statement pointing out that Romney recently made a virtual appearance at the “National March for Life” in Washington to speak in support of the “unborn children killed and women wounded” by abortion. Musgrave said that Romney’s March of Life appearance is “vastly out of sync” with his support of a “top abortion industry ally” in Califf to lead the FDA.
Earlier this month, Romney joined three other Senate Republicans to approve Califf’s nomination in the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) also voted for Califf’s nomination.
The SBA List sent a letter joined by around 50 other pro-life advocacy groups to the committee before the vote asking senators to vote against Califf’s nomination. He has been a supporter of expanding easy access to abortions.
The letter showed that Califf previously undermined the “reporting and safety requirements” on abortion drugs under the FDA under Obama. It points out that chemical abortion has become the primary form of abortion in several states, and the trend has been growing since then. It adds that weakened reporting regulations regarding adverse effects of the drugs have concealed the full extent of the medical complications arising from chemical abortions.
The press release issued Thursday described other concerns about the Biden Administration’s expansion of chemical abortions made available by mail delivery of the abortion drugs. SBA List said that Biden’s policy facilitates “dangerous at home, do it yourself” abortions through mail order without any meaningful medical care or oversight and that Califf will make the process permanent if approved.
Utah Eagle Forum President Gayle Ruzicka said that if Romney intends to “truly represent the people of our pro-life state,” he will change his mind and oppose Califf’s nomination. Ruzicka also noted a study indicating a 500 percent of emergency room treatments are needed because of abortion drug complications in recent years.