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Associate Professor Patricia Zettler co-authors op-ed in The Hill

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A former lawyer for the FDA, Associate Professor Patricia Zettler recently co-authored an op-ed in The Hill titled, "The case against medical abortion rejects science and embraces falsehoods."

"Though this lawsuit is about abortion, if successful, its effects won’t stay limited to abortion, or even to contraceptives and reproductive health care products, Zettler and co-author Greer Donley, wrote. "The lawsuit comes against the background of growing challenges to the government’s authority to protect and promote public health, often grounded in misinformation. This lawsuit’s arguments are far from the first time the antiabortion movement has embraced falsehoods, but it is a troubling sign of things to come.   

"A victory here could have collateral consequences that limit the FDA’s ability to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the medications that our nation’s patients need, undermine incentives to develop innovative new treatments and diminish our collective ability to address pressing public health challenges. If misinformation can remove one of the safest drugs from the market for political reasons, harming women’s reproductive health care nationwide, then we risk creating public health policy that is ruled by the views of those with the resources to push lawsuits no matter how weak their merits, not expert judgment."

 

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