On Thursday the Biden Administration’s Food and Drug Administration announced it would permanently remove safety restrictions that prevent the RU-486 abortion drugs from being delivered by mail in America.

In April the FDA announced that in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic it would temporarily remove certain safety restrictions and let abortionists deliver RU-486 by mail.

Thursday’s decision by the FDA makes those temporary changes from last spring permanent.

The FDA’s rule change shows that Arkansas’ lawmakers were forward-thinking in passing several important pro-life measures this year.

Act 560 by Rep. Robin Lundstrum (R – Springdale) and Sen. Scott Flippo (R – Mountain Home) outlines the informed-consent process for abortion drugs in Arkansas.

Arkansas’ previous informed-consent laws for abortion focused primarily on surgical abortion procedures. Act 560 ensures women get all the facts about chemical abortion as well — including its risks, its consequences, and its pro-life alternatives.

Act 560 helps women choose options besides the RU-486 abortion drugs. That has the potential to save many unborn children from abortion.

Act 562 by Rep. Sonia Barker (R – Smackover) and Sen. Blake Johnson (R – Corning) updates Arkansas’ restrictions on abortion-inducing drugs like RU-486.

Among other things, Act 562 outlines requirements that abortionists must follow in administering abortion-inducing drugs, and it prohibits abortion drugs from being delivered by mail in Arkansas.

These new laws will help ensure that abortion-inducing drugs aren’t approved via telemedicine and mailed in Arkansas — even though the FDA is lifting important safety restrictions on abortion drugs at the national level.

Abortion-inducing drugs are dangerous. Official reports from the Arkansas Department of Health show that there were at least 40 complications reported from women who took abortion drugs in Arkansas last year.

All of this underscores why it is so important to pass good, pro-life legislation at the state level. Good state laws protect women and unborn children from abortion — regardless of the federal government’s policies.