Abortion ruling adds to growing GOP discontent with FDA

  • Axios | by: Maya Goldman, Victoria Knight, Peter Sullivan |
  • 04/13/2023 12:00 AM
Abortion ruling adds to growing GOP discontent with FDA

Yes, but: Dissatisfaction with the FDA and the view that it is exceeding its authority may not be shared by all Republicans, said Peter Pitts, a former FDA associate commissioner who served during President George W. Bush's administration.

"Members of Congress, just like the people they represent, don't always understand the FDA," Pitts said. "But those that are on Energy and Commerce in the House or HELP in the Senate, the committees that have jurisdiction — they have a much better understanding of what the FDA does."


Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Subcommittee on Health Chair Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) sent out a statement Monday that appears to toe the line between their anti-abortion beliefs and FDA authority.

"We must remain committed to the fundamental principle that every life is worth living. The FDA's first and most important job is to ensure the safety of the American people. As the courts review the cases at hand, we must not lose sight of this directive," the two wrote in the statement.

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