Abortion pills have been in the spotlight. The decision on Roe v. Wade brought a new wave of unethical and dangerous abortion procedures. The pill. But it’s not the pill that we know of for contraception. Instead, it’s the pill that’s used for abortion. Contraception pills have long been deemed as dangerous to a woman’s health, but the FDA still allows them. Abortion pills are now in the spotlight. They have taken over the contraceptive pills spotlight from the 90’s.
Mifepristone is approved by the FDA to be used alongside misoprostol to end a pregnancy during the first 10 weeks — this includes elective abortions and miscarriages.
As soon as this week, a federal judge in Texas could rule on a lawsuit seeking to revoke the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of mifepristone — a decision that could be the most consequential ruling on abortion since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.
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Washington Post reports:
The case boils down to this: In 2000, the FDA approved mifepristone for medication abortion, and the drug is used with misoprostol to induce what’s essentially a miscarriage. In November, abortion opponents sued the agency in an effort to reverse the more than two-decades-old approval of mifepristone. Were the courts to ultimately take their side, it would be what some experts say appears to be an unprecedented situation: ordering the FDA to remove a medication from the market.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a conservative legal group, filed the lawsuit on behalf of four antiabortion medical organizations and four doctors. The suit contends the FDA lacked the authority to approve the drug, didn’t adequately study the mediation and that the pills are unsafe.
Such claims have received fierce pushback from Biden officials, providers and some legal experts. The American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say “robust evidence” accumulated over years shows the drug is safe and effective. And Biden’s Department of Justice has called the allegations “cursory and baseless” with the potential to undermine the country’s process for regulating pharmaceuticals.
The timing: The final brief in the case was due Friday, meaning a ruling could come at any moment from U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk (more on him later). Biden officials have indicated they will fight any ruling that restricts the medication.
An appeal would go to the right-leaning U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, before next landing at the Supreme Court. Erik Baptist, senior counsel for ADF, said the group doesn’t believe the case should go all the way to the nation’s highest court because “the facts and the law very much support our side.”
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