Lawsuit: Obamacare navigator location gives out late abortion pills

Patrick Howley Political Reporter
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A Planned Parenthood chapter operating as an official Obamacare navigator location gives out abortion pills too late in pregnancies and allows non-physicians to give out the pills, according to a lawsuit filed in New Hampshire’s Cheshire County Superior Court.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) — which received U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant money to enroll people in the Obamacare exchanges — ignored FDA safety protocols by giving out abortion pills past 49 days of pregnancy and allowed non-physicians to give out the pills, according to a lawsuit against the New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy filed by the group New Hampshire Right to Life and two taxpayers.

“PPNNE knowingly violates FDA safety protocols by administering and dispensing the abortion pill past 49 days pregnancy and having its non-physician staff dispense the pills for take home use,” according to the lawsuit.

“The FDA has cataloged thousands of adverse events, including excessive bleeding and hemorrhaging, as well as several deaths from abortionists administering and dispensing the abortion pill contrary to FDA safety protocols,” according to the lawsuit.

New Hampshire’s PPNE will receive $145,161 in grants from Kathleen Sebelius’ Department of Health and Human Services and “will assist patients and other consumers with understanding new programs, taking advantage of consumer protections, and navigating the health insurance system to find the most affordable coverage that meets their needs.”

PPNE, which sees patients at 21 different sites in three states, gives out abortion pills up to 63 days in pregnancies and allows women to take the second dose of the pill unsupervised, according to the lawsuit.

The plaintiffs are suing to stop New Hampshire’s Board of Pharmacy from granting licenses to give out prescription drugs without a pharmacist, and to affirm that New Hampshire state law recognizes FDA safety protocols. The lawsuit claims that the Board of Pharmacy cannot give out drug distribution licenses to organizations like PPNE that are not under contract with the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.

“Planned Parenthood adheres to numerous state and federal laws, and takes that responsibility seriously,” PPNE president and CEO Meagan Gallagher said in a statement, claiming that her organization has appropriate licensing for drug distribution.

Licensing issues aside, the practice of giving out Misoprostol — one of the two separate drugs that comprise the “abortion pill” — for take-home use has resulted in numerous health problems and deaths, according to the FDA.

“The FDA specifically rejected the claim that the abortion pill could be safely administered past 49 days pregnancy or distributed for take home use…In addition, the FDA expressly rejected the sponsor’s suggestion that patients be allowed to self-administer Misoprostol at home,” according to the lawsuit.

“Women facing the shock of an unplanned pregnancy deserve better than unscrupulous abortionists who fail to follow basic FDA safety protocols,” Alliance Defending Freedom Litigation Counsel Catherine Glenn Foster, a co-counsel in the lawsuit, said in a statement.

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