Ruling That Could Upend Abortion Pill Access Pushed Back

by | Feb 10, 2023 | Public Health, Reproductive Rights

A ruling that could potentially ban mifepristone, a medication that can terminate an early pregnancy, throughout the nation has been pushed back two weeks to give one of the manufacturers time to file a briefing.

Last year, the rightwing organization Alliance Defending Freedom sued the FDA to reverse the federal approval of mifepristone, which occurred in 2000. Other plaintiffs in the lawsuit included anti-choice OB-GYN’s, and because the lawsuit was filed in Amarillo within the U.S. District Court for the Northern District Texas, it was assigned to Trump-appointed Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk.

The same judge earlier this year ruled that a federal program that provides contraception to teenagers violates federal law. Kacsmaryk was appointed by former president Trump in 2019. He is a member of the Federalist Society and was a Deputy General Counsel at the First Liberty Institute, a Christian conservative legal organization based out of Texas.

NARAL Pro-Choice America released a report with Axios that shows that 40 million women would lose access to abortion if Kacsmaryk sides with the anti-choice plaintiffs in their lawsuit against the FDA.

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