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Lawsuit: State bending rules for Planned Parenthood

A lawsuit has been filed against the New Hampshire state Board of Pharmacy for allowing, allegedly in violation of state law, staff members for abortion industry giant Planned Parenthood to hand out the killing chemicals of the RU486 abortion procedure.

“The government should enforce all laws and regulations in a fair and equitable manner. It cannot show favoritism to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion seller in the state and nation,” said lead counsel Michael J. Tierney, a Manchester attorney with the firm of Wadleigh, Starr & Peters, PLLC, and one of nearly 2,300 attorneys allied with Alliance Defending Freedom.

“Women facing the shock of an unplanned pregnancy deserve better than unscrupulous abortionists who fail to follow basic FDA safety protocols,” said ADF Litigation Counsel Catherine Glenn Foster. “The board should not allow women’s lives to be put in danger by granting licenses to those, like Planned Parenthood, who refuse to follow those protocols.”

The lawsuit asks Cheshire County Superior Court to require the board to apply FDA safety protocols, and to stop the board from granting special licenses to abortion facilities in violation of those protocols.

The FDA states that abortion pill – actually two pills taken several days apart – is not approved for use past 49 days of pregnancy. The protocols also stipulate that both doses of the abortion pill must be personally administered in a physician’s office that is able to provide surgical intervention as well as “assure patient access to medical facilities equipped to provide blood transfusions and resuscitation, if necessary.”

But the lawsuit, brought on behalf of several individuals in the state as well as the New Hampshire Right to Life, said Parenthood facilities in the state openly are violating the FDA safety protocols by allowing non-physicians to distribute abortion pills up to 63 days of pregnancy.

The suit also explains Planned Parenthood is giving women the second dose of the pill to take at home without any medical supervision, also in violation of the protocols.

The lawsuit explains that it is allowable for non-pharmacists to hand out the drugs under certain circumstances, but those require the business to be run under contract with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Planned Parenthood abortion businesses, the lawsuit said, are not.

And, it alleges, “The FDA protocols, incorporated into New Hampshire law via the Nurse Formulary … clearly prohibit dispensation of the abortion pill for take-home use.”

“An FDA report in 2011 acknowledged that at least 2,207 cases of severe adverse events, including hemorrhaging, blood loss requiring transfusion, serious infection, and even 14 deaths have resulted from the off label use,” the claim states.

The filing requests a declaratory judgment that the pharmacy board acted illegally in allowing the Planned Parenthood abortion businesses to be administering the abortion pill past 49 days of pregnancy and for take home use – in violation of FDA protocols.

The RU486 process includes doses of the chemicals mifepristone and misoprostol.