Republicans Turn Their Backs On Califf
A visual comparison of Robert Califf’s US FDA Commissioner confirmation votes in 2016 and 2022.
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Clinicians in states that ban abortion could face criminal prosecution for providing mifepristone. Access to medical abortion ‘is not a panacea’ if the court overrules Roe v. Wade as people using the drug face risks from aggressive prosecutors, ACLU attorney says.
Republican opposition to Califf over the agency’s recent move to relax its Mifeprex restrictions is ominous since in order be confirmed as FDA commissioner he’ll need enough GOP votes to make up for Democratic opposition over his opioid track record and connections to the drug industry.