ADF President: Congress Should Ban Mail-Order Abortions

(CNS News) — When asked whether Congress should pass legislation banning abortion nationwide if Republicans win the midterm elections, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) President Michael Farris said that doing so may not be constitutional, but he would like to see Congress ban mail-order abortions.

On July 3, CNS News asked Farris, “If Republicans win control of Congress in the midterm elections, should they pass legislation banning abortion nationwide?”

He called mail-order abortion pills “the biggest threat to the pro-life cause” that is under Congress’ control.

“My own preference would be that Congress would stick to obvious federal jurisdictions and leave the principal matter to the states,” Farris responded. “Because there’s a real question of whether constitutional — [the] Constitution gives Congress the power to do that in a sweeping manner. Now one thing they [Congress] could do is address the biggest threat to the pro-life cause, and that is mail-order abortions.”

“And that’s clearly within Congress’ jurisdiction because they can make sure that the mail, as well as services like FedEx, UPS, you know, interstate carriers, would be banned from delivering these fly-by-night [medication] abortion pills given from some doctor that never sees the patient and, you know, doesn’t provide the quality care that women need.


Farris, who hosted a nearly two-hour event with the Family Research Council (FRC) celebrating the Dobbs ruling, listed an additional priority he would like Congress to address.

“So, they can take care of that [mail order] problem for sure,” he said. “And also they can get the federal government out of the business of funding abortions. And so, to me those are the two priorities that Congress ought to stick to.”

Medication abortions account for over half (54%) of all U.S. abortions, according to a 2022 study by the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports abortion.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved abortion pills to terminate pregnancies up to 10 weeks. However, they are also used for late-term abortions in clinical settings, according to The Wall Street Journal.

On her social media, House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) encouraged people seeking abortions in Republican states to take at-home abortion pills known as “Plan C.”

“Republicans are mad because I am sharing this information,” she tweeted. “Too bad!”


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