Abortion pill ruling sets up Supreme Court showdown

Abortion pill ruling sets up Supreme Court showdown

Aug 16, 2023 by Health Care - Politico

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  • “The fate of women’s access to this lifesaving drug is now back in the hands of the Supreme Court,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Wednesday, “a terrifying thought for those of us who don’t trust the right-wing justices who overturned Roe and who claimed abortion is an issue to be left to the states.”
  • “The Department strongly disagrees with the Fifth Circuit’s decision in Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA and will be seeking Supreme Court review of that decision,” a spokesperson for the department said.
  • “In its rush to reach a particular outcome on the merits, the panel disregarded the actual factual record before the court and second-guessed FDA at every turn—neither of which is consistent with the rule of law in challenges to agency action,” the company said in a statement Wednesday night.
  • Legal experts and abortion rights advocates have warned that this interpretation of Comstock could lead to a prohibition on mail delivery of any drug or piece of medical equipment that could possibly be used for an abortion — even into states where the procedure remains legal — threatening access to medical care more broadly.

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