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April 13, 2023 09:50 AM UTC

Boebert, Lamborn Love Them Some Mifepristone Judicial Activism

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  • by: Colorado Pols
Reps. Doug Lamborn, Lauren Boebert (R).

As Colorado Newsline’s Jennifer Shutt reports, Colorado’s two most stridently anti-abortion congresspersons, Reps. Doug Lamborn and Lauren Boebert, joined 67 of their congressional and U.S. Senate colleagues who signed a letter supporting the controversial decision by Trump-appointed Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk that the widely-used drug mifepristone was wrongly approved by the Food and Drug Administration:

A group of 69 congressional Republicans is backing a federal judge’s ruling that would overturn the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s two-decade-old approval of the abortion pill mifepristone.

The 11 GOP senators and 58 House lawmakers, including Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn of Colorado, who filed a brief in the appeals case, broke the relative silence from Republicans in Congress on the Friday ruling, though no members of leadership signed onto the brief.

“By approving and deregulating chemical abortion drugs, the FDA has not followed Congress’ statutorily prescribed drug approval process and has subverted Congress’ critical public policy interests in upholding patient welfare,” the GOP lawmakers wrote…

Included in the reasoning behind this judicial usurpation of the FDA’s drug approval authority from these 69 Republicans is this rather astounding self-own of a claim:

The Republicans expressed concern in their 34-page brief that people other than the pregnant woman — such as intimate partners, family members, or sex traffickers — “may be asserting reproductive control over the woman, which are ‘actions that interfere with a woman’s reproductive intentions.’” [Pols emphasis]

Folks, that’s exactly what this ruling would result in if allowed to stand–only in this case we’re talking about federal judges “asserting reproductive control over the woman” in order to “interfere with a woman’s reproductive intentions.” A judge might make a distinction between his ruling and the actions of a controlling sex partner, but to the patient needing care…it’s really not any different. This is either a guileless admission of guilt or an extreme degree of deceptive cynicism.

Given these two lawmakers’ longstanding zero-tolerance opposition to abortion rights despite the overwhelming sense of Colorado voters to the contrary, it’s of course not surprising that Lamborn and Boebert signed this letter supporting a ban on mifepristone–though it is curious that Colorado’s remaining Republican member of Congress Rep. Ken Buck chose not to sign, along with the bulk of Republican leadership. As by far the more politically vulnerable of the two, Boebert has more to lose from loudly and proudly flogging a wedge issue that has proven destructive to Colorado Republicans for decades.

But with Boebert hijacking her own bills to show dead fetus pics, it’s safe to say she’s not taking our advice.

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3 thoughts on “Boebert, Lamborn Love Them Some Mifepristone Judicial Activism

  1. it is curious that Colorado’s remaining Republican member of Congress Rep. Ken Buck chose not to sign

    Perhaps one of Buck's girlfriends took advantage of the convenience of medication abortion.

  2. Mifepristone is also used, under medical supervision to complete miscarriages that would otherwise require surgical intervention. It seems to me that in Tootsie's district, where it can be a long journey for medical care, it might not be a good idea to ban a drug that can eliminate the need for the trip. 

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