Thursday, June 13, 2024

Supreme Court rejects request to restrict abortion pill access

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The Supreme Court on Thursday turned down a challenge to the abortion pill mifepristone, therefore ensuring that the generally used medication will stay freely accessible in a defeat for anti-abortion supporters. The court decided unanimously that the group of anti-abortion physicians challenging Food and Drug Administration policies had legal standing to sue. This made the pill more difficult to get. President Joe Biden said in a statement, "the fight for reproductive freedom continues" after the Supreme Court's two-year ruling two years ago that overturned landmark Roe v. Wade, even if the decision signals the pill may stay easily accessible. "It does not change the fact that in many states the right for a woman to get the treatment she needs is threatened if not impossible," he said. While plaintiffs have "sincere legal, moral, ethical, and policy objections to elective abortion and FDA's relaxed regulation of mifepristone," Justice Brett Kavanaugh, writing for the court, noted that does not imply they have a federal case. The plaintiffs lacked evidence of any damage, hence "the federal courts are the wrong forum for addressing the plaintiffs' concerns about FDA's actions," he said.


Summary News: Supreme Court allows abortion pill

Turning over a challenge to the abortion medication mifepristone, the Supreme Court ensures its continuous availability. After the court concluded anti-abortion physicians challenging Food and Drug Administration limits had legal standing to sue, the medicine become more difficult to get. Although the pill is still easily accessible, President Joe Biden said the fight for reproductive freedom never stops. Justice Brett Kavanaugh noted that the plaintiffs' concerns regarding the FDA's insufficient oversight of mifepristone lack evidence of any damage, thereby failing to create a federal case.


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Sources: NBC News

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