Pro-life groups have condemned Joe Biden’s nomination of a “pro-abortion radical” to lead the Food and Drug Administration.
The Christian Post reports:
Dr. Robert Califf’s nomination has received renewed attention after members of the Senate Health Committee questioned him Tuesday at his confirmation hearing. Biden announced Califf as his choice to serve as commissioner of the FDA last month. If confirmed, Califf would regain the role he briefly held during the latter part of the Obama administration.
“Robert Califf is the wrong choice for FDA commissioner,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, in a statement. “His track record under [former President Barack] Obama provides evidence of his disregard for life and health.”
Dannenfelser expressed concerns about Califf’s actions to promote and increase the use of chemical abortions (abortion pills) during his previous tenure: “If confirmed, Califf will work hand-in-hand with Joe Biden, [Secretary of Health and Human Services] Xavier Becerra, and the radical abortion lobby to make every mailbox, post office and pharmacy in America function as an abortion center. He must not be confirmed. Senators on both sides of the aisle should want to ensure that any new FDA commissioner will put the safety of women and children first.”
Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America, wrote a letter to members of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee expressing opposition to Califf’s confirmation: “Dr. Califf previously held this position during the Obama administration in 2016. Under his leadership, the FDA significantly weakened the health and safety standards, known as Risk Evaluation and Mitigation System (REMS), for chemical abortion pills, allowing them to be used as late as 10 weeks in pregnancy.”
“Additionally, women were no longer required to ingest the Chemical Abortion pills at the abortion facility dispensing the drugs. Instead, women were encouraged to take the drugs at home, essentially acting as an amateur abortionist and DIY-ing their own abortion. The FDA even removed the mandated complication report, leaving the abortion drug distributors accountable for only deaths, not harm,” she added.