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Coalition Letter Opposes Anti-Life U.S. Senate S.959, as Floor Vote Approaches
Date:7/10/2013

TUCSON, Ariz., July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A broad coalition of medical and conservative groups opposes an anti-life bill that is quickly moving to the floor of the U.S. Senate this month: S.959. Groups signing a coalition letter include the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS), Eagle Forum, Students for Life, the Conservative Republicans of Texas, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists (AAPLOG), the American College of Pediatricians, and many others.

U.S. Senate Bill S.959 harms pregnant women by denying them access to affordable medication that protects against premature birth. S.959 would also vastly expand the power of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to write new regulations, which would likely include new interference by the FDA with adult stem cell treatments.

Several of the coalition letter supporters will "score" the vote on S.959 on their congressional scorecards.

Originally intended to address a meningitis outbreak that was traced to contaminated steroid injections made by a compounding pharmacy, S.959 epitomizes the concept of "never let a crisis go to waste," states the letter.

Many women are prone to miscarry or to give birth prematurely, resulting in high risk of infant death or serious disability. Some women resort to abortion when told that premature birth is likely. There is a medication to help safeguard the pregnancy: 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone ("17P"), which is a synthetic form of the female hormone progesterone. Compounding pharmacies have been providing 17P for more than 10 years. But S.959 contains provisions that greatly expand the definition of "copying," which would effectively prohibit compounding pharmacies from making this and other FDA-approved, but non-patented, medications
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