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Supreme Court preserves women’s access to abortion pill in U.S. for now
- April 23, 2023
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- The Supreme Court has preserved women’s access to a drug used in the most common method of abortion, rejecting lower-court restrictions while a lawsuit continues. This decision has been made after emergency requests from the Biden administration and New York-based Danco Laboratories, maker of the drug mifepristone. In this article, we will analyze the details of the decision made by the Supreme Court.
- Emergency requests granted by the Supreme Court: The Supreme Court granted emergency requests from the Biden administration and Danco Laboratories, makers of the drug mifepristone. They are appealing a lower court ruling that would roll back Food and Drug Administration approval of mifepristone.
- Approval and usage of mifepristone: Mifepristone has been approved for use in the U.S. since 2000 and more than 5 million people have used it. Mifepristone is used in combination with a second drug, misoprostol, in more than half of all abortions in the U.S.
- Next steps: The court’s action on Friday will leave access to mifepristone unchanged at least into next year, as appeals play out, including a potential appeal to the high court. The next stop for the case is at the New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, which has set arguments in the case for May 17.
- Justices’ voting: Two of the nine justices – Samuel Alito, the author of last year’s decision overturning Roe v Wade, and Clarence Thomas – voted to allow restrictions to take effect, and Justice Alito issued a four-page dissent. No other justices commented on the court’s one-paragraph order, and the court did not release a full vote breakdown.
- Biden’s support: President Joe Biden praised the high court for keeping mifepristone available while the court fight continues. He emphasized that the American people must use their vote as their voice and elect a Congress that will pass a law restoring the protections of Roe v. Wade.
- The Supreme Court’s decision to preserve women’s access to mifepristone is a significant victory for reproductive rights advocates. The ruling maintains the FDA’s approval of the drug and allows women to continue accessing it for medical abortion while the legal battle continues. The decision is particularly important given the current political climate and ongoing efforts to restrict access to abortion.
- The court’s order is a positive step in the fight to protect reproductive rights, but the battle is far from over. The case will continue to make its way through the courts, and there is always the possibility of further challenges to reproductive rights. However, this decision sends a message that access to safe and legal abortion is a fundamental right, and it is a reminder that we must continue to fight to protect that right for all women.