02.15.22

Lankford Opposes Controversial, Pro-Abortion FDA Nominee

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today opposed the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to serve as the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Califf previously held the position under President Obama.

“I am deeply concerned about President Biden’s decision to once again place someone in a health care-related role who openly pushes for more abortion, including mail-order chemical abortions,” said Lankford. “Since Biden is obsessed with abortion, he continues to recycle Obama-era nominees or employees that promote abortion rather than health care. Dr. Califf wants to make dangerous, chemical abortion easier to access, not save lives of moms and babies. He’s not who we need in charge of medication and health safety.”

When Dr. Califf served previously as FDA Commissioner, Lankford led a letter to him to express concern and request information about the agency’s decision at the time to change policies regarding the abortion drug mifepristone. Dr. Califf did not respond to the letter.

Lankford has been the leading voice in Congress for the protection of life. Lankford pushed back on the Biden Administration’s rule to allow taxpayer-funded abortions. He successfully secured language in the Democrats partisan $3.5 trillion Fiscal Year 2022 budget resolution to save the long-standing Hyde and Weldon Amendments, which prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions and abortion-related discrimination against health care workers, including insurers. He is also an original cosponsor of the SAVE Moms and Babies Act, which would stop the FDA from approving more chemical abortion drugs.

Ahead of oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization before the US Supreme Court recently, Lankford met with Students for Life during a prayer vigil. The case presents the Court with the opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Lankford gave a moving speech on the Senate floor recognizing the significance of Dobbs in the fight for life. He joined an amicus brief signed by more than 220 Members of Congress supporting the state of Mississippi in Dobbs

Lankford published an op-ed ahead of Dobbs highlighting the pivotal moment the case presents for protecting the right to life in the nation. Lankford released two episodes of a four-part series on his podcast, The Breakdown with James Lankford, highlighting the science behind life in the womb and the stories behind the pro-life movement.

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