Squad member Cori Bush compares removing a human life to removing a headache in response to abortion pill ban

"Banning medication abortion would be like placing a ban on Tylenol," Bush argued.

On Monday, House Oversight Democrats hosted a discussion on the impact of restricting access to abortion pills. The event was led by Rep. Cori Bush and featured Reps. Jasmine Crockett and Jamie Raskin, as well as Pro-Choice Missouri community engagement director Rev. Love Holt.

During the discussion, Bush downplayed the seriousness of the life-ending drugs, suggesting that restricting access to them was equivalent to "placing a ban on Tylenol."

"These five pills are effective," Bush said, holding up a packet of Mifepristone, a drug involved in 50 percent of abortions in the United States. "Medication abortion pills ... [are] safe again, effective again, no different from any other medication that's safe and effective."

She went on to note that the Food and Drug Administration declared the pills to be "safe" for the past 23 years, and that using Mifepristone together with Misoprostol was a 97 percent effective way to "terminate a pregnancy."

"Medication abortion is a lifeline," Bush continued. "It's a lifeline for the mom of two who can't afford childcare ... It's a lifeline for the person who lives hundreds of miles away from the nearest clinic and doesn't have reliable transportation ... It's a lifeline for the trans folks who face transphobia and bigotry because of anti-LGBT+ laws and outrageous bans on gender-affirming care."

She suggested the pills were a way for women to terminate their pregnancies "in the privacy of their own home where they're not confronted by ... hostile crowd of anti-abortion protestors harassing them and spewing hate."

"Banning medication abortion," Bush said, calling for it to be made as easily accessible as other medications, "would be like placing a ban on Tylenol, a ban on antibiotics. There is no valid medical reason to do so; it's only political propaganda."

Monday's discussion comes amid a slew of pro-life legislation making its way through state legislatures as a result of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v Wade.
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