REPORT: Several “Experts” Cited By Media to Tout Safety of Abortion Pill Have Been On Manufacturer’s Payroll

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Anti-abortion activist group Live Action has learned that many of the doctors and researchers often cited by the media as supposedly giving an objective opinion on the safety of the abortion pill are actually on the payroll of the company that produces the pill.

The group explained that the pill, mifepristone, was initially brought to the United States by The Population Council, which set up Danco Laboratories to manufacture it as well as to conduct clinical trials.

“From the onset, Danco’s executives, company structure and original investors have been shrouded in secrecy with the exception of a select few like the Packard and Buffett Foundations, as well as billionaire George Soros‘ Open Society Foundations,” Live Action reported.

“In 1996, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, (a substantial donor to Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation (NAF), and NARAL), invested $14.2 million into Danco and is now also investing millions in GenBioPro, Inc., an FDA-approved company which began manufacturing a generic version of the abortion pill in 2019,” the report explains.

“Packard has also funded Gynuity Health Projects, which is currently conducting abortion pill clinical trials and a number of studies with the goal of expanding access to the abortion pill regimen. The Buffett and Packard Foundations then finance studies used to convince the public that abortion is safe, yet the media fails to point out this conflict of interest.”

Some of the media’s “experts” are:

  • Courtney A Schreiber, who is an “assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a member of the National Abortion Federation, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, and Society of Family Planning (SFP),” according to Live Action, is often cited by the media criticizing laws requiring doctors to inform patients about the abortion pill reversal protocol, yet she recently declared that she has received personal and consulting fees from Danco Laboratories.
  • Caitlin S. Shannon has received funding from Soros’ Open Society Foundations to publish studies, including a “randomized controlled trial” in 2008 while working for Gynuity, which had a contract with Danco at the time.
  • Beverly Winikoff was part of the 2008 study Shannon was involved with, and is the founder and President of Gynuity, which conducts clinical trials “to expand use of the abortion pill,” according to Live Action. She has served on the board of the National Abortion Federation, which has been funded by Danco, and investors from the Packard and Buffet Foundations. Yet, in 2019 she co-authored a study on the abortion pill in which she declared “no known competing financial interests.”
  • Daniel Grossman is routinely cited by the media as an expert with no mention of the fact that he has published studies while working for a company directly funded by Danco, Ibis Reproductive Health. He has also served as a consultant for Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
  • Mitchell D. Creinin once authored a practice bulletin for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) which cited the safety of the abortion pill up to 70 days gestation, which cites some of the previously mentioned doctors with ties to Danco and Creinin has admitted to receiving “compensation” from Danco as a consultant.

There are several other similar doctors and researchers who seem to be caught up in this unsettling loop of influence and funding noted in detail in Live Action’s report — the same groups funding the production of the abortion pill are funding the research presumably demonstrating its safety, while the lab itself also provides ample funding to this research.

Then these doctors are referenced by the media to provide a supposedly objective opinion as to the safety of the abortion pill which can no doubt then be cited by lawmakers who seek to expand its usage or block efforts to prevent it from being used.

Then, should local restrictions on the use of the abortion pill be expanded, the manufacturers make more money.

Talk about a vicious cycle.

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