Marco Rubio, Gus Bilirakis make ecological argument against abortion pill
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The medication and its 'byproducts' concern Republicans.

Republican legislators, including two from Florida, claim an abortion pill has a “potential negative environmental impact” and are demanding a federal review of the medicine.

“Given the steadily increasing rate of at-home chemical abortions, it is vital that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ensure mifepristone, the drug’s active metabolites in blood and placenta tissue, and the fetal remains of unborn children — all of which are unbelievably being flushed into America’s wastewater system — do not pose a threat to the health and safety of humans and wildlife,” writes Marco Rubio, in a letter co-signed by two other Senators and eight members of the House of Representatives, including fellow Floridian Rep. Gus Bilirakis.

The EPA has approved the drug for termination of pregnancy since 2000, and the current law established in 2016 says the method is legal through the 10th week of gestation. Conditions for approval rest on the agency’s belief that “a thorough and comprehensive review of the scientific evidence” demonstrated “that it was safe and effective for its indicated use.”

With 63% of abortions being chemical abortions last year, Rubio and his colleagues are concerned that since “chemical abortions are primarily self-induced and performed at home, the blood and placental tissue containing mifepristone’s active metabolites are flushed into wastewater systems along with the fetal remains of the unborn child.”

With those disposal methods in mind, the legislators urged the FDA to “study the impact of the ‘byproducts’ of mifepristone, such as the placental tissue, fetal remains, and active metabolites that are being flushed into our nation’s wastewater system.”

They seek a response from the agency by July 15.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


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  • Dont Say FLA

    May 29, 2024 at 1:36 pm

    Little Marco and his seagull Gus think abortion causes climate change?

    Oooooooooh K. That’s …. Original? Very creative? You boys get a giant smiley face for effort.

  • Biscuit

    May 29, 2024 at 1:45 pm

    Two TrumpSucker climate-change-denying Republican politicians are suddenly concerned about the environment.
    I’d shit my pants if I believed them, but I don’t, plus I don’t wear any.
    Never have.

    • MH/Duuuval

      May 29, 2024 at 5:37 pm


      Dawgs are lucky that way, which is what I tell mine every morning when I struggle into my pants before taking her out for a walk.

  • Janis Lentz

    May 29, 2024 at 2:10 pm

    duhSantis and his climate Luddite crew of Henny Pennys will claim all manner of catsstrophes if Voters pass Amendments 3 and 4, but that is the lamest about my depressing tainting the water supply, my God! Even the uneducated won’t buy that nonsense! They’re just fine with the sugar barons heavily polluting S. Florida waters, though for decades with their blessing! Florida women are going to reclaim their reproductive rights by passing Amendment 4–we’re NOT going back to the 1950’s! Vote Blue up and down the ballot and RESTORE Florida’s quality of life the extremist Republicans have wrecked!

    • Marj

      June 4, 2024 at 12:07 pm

      I do worry about this because FL voters always vote for the worst of the worst. Trickyricky being a prime example.

  • ScienceBLVR

    May 29, 2024 at 2:50 pm

    Not sure what voter group, “Look what’s in our toilet flushes” appeals to, but if this is the hill Marco and Gus wanted to climb, ok, let’s examine the stinky effluence that flows from the halls of Congress while we’re at it. Let’s look at the science…

  • Cheesy Floridian

    May 29, 2024 at 4:27 pm

    Vote for freedom, vote for choice. Vote yes on Amendment 3 and 4. Please, for the last 2 years all we have heard is “this is what Florida wants, this is what the people of Florida want.” when Desantis is talking about extreme and unpopular laws. Can we shove this in their face and say we actually do want this? That they aren’t listening to the people of Florida.

  • Joe

    May 30, 2024 at 10:43 am

    Sheesh, these craven RepubliQans can’t be consistent or honest about ANYTHING.

  • Marj

    June 4, 2024 at 12:06 pm

    All of a sudden #desnots toadies are worried about the environment? Wastewater?? Seriously?? Give some thought to what gets flushed. I really thought MAYBE Gus had more sense, but then if he had any sense he wouldn’t be a Rethug. What uneducated stupidity they peddle. I think they need to go back to school and take science 101. They didn’t learn much when they were there the first time. They might deserve pity if they were not so vicious. I despair of FL voters. Why do they think any Rethugs have their back? Just look at their great poohbah, 34 counts, convicted felon, and they want him to lead the country!! Talk about trash, waste.

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