Will U.S. abortion pill access soon be blocked? What to know about Texas case – GLOBAL

March 15, 2023

Women across the U.S. may soon be unable to obtain one of two drugs typically used to induce medical abortions because of a high-stakes court case seen as the next step in the fight over abortion access.

A U.S. federal judge in Texas heard arguments Wednesday morning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and an anti-abortion group that argues the FDA was wrong to approve mifepristone over 20 years ago.

The drug, along with misoprostol, can be taken by women at home and together they form the two-drug combination known colloquially as the abortion pill, which is used in just over half of all abortions in the U.S.

At Wednesday’s hearing, lawyers for the group Alliance Defending Freedom acknowledged it would be an unprecedented move for a court to revoke an FDA approval of a drug. But U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a staunch conservative, also pressed the agency’s lawyers on whether it adequately reviewed safety concerns at the time and appeared open to the idea of an injunction against the pill.

Read more: https://globalnews.ca/news/9552115/abortion-pills-texas-case-explained/

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