Supreme Court Rejects Anti-Abortion Bid, Upholds Access to Abortion Pill

Supreme Court Rejects Anti-Abortion Bid, Upholds Access to Abortion Pill

Supreme Court Rejects Anti-Abortion Bid, Upholds Access to Abortion Pill

By Boniface Ihiasota, USA

The U.S. Supreme Court has handed a significant victory to the Biden administration by rejecting a bid from anti-abortion groups to restrict access to the abortion pill, mifepristone.

Excel Magazine International reports the decision, made on Thursday, preserves the broad access to the drug, which has been in place since the FDA’s approval in 2000.

The ruling was unanimous, with all nine justices agreeing to overturn a lower court’s decision that had rolled back FDA measures easing the drug’s prescription and distribution. Conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh authored the decision.

This ruling comes two years after the Supreme Court’s controversial decision to end the recognition of a constitutional right to abortion, a move that prompted 14 states to enact strict abortion bans.

The plaintiffs, who sued in Texas in 2022, argued that the FDA’s actions forced them to provide abortions, violating their consciences. However, the Supreme Court found that the plaintiffs lacked the necessary legal standing to pursue the case.

President Joe Biden, who is seeking re-election, responded to the ruling by criticizing Republican efforts to ban abortion nationwide.

He emphasized that the fight for reproductive freedom continues and reiterated his commitment to urge Congress to codify abortion rights in federal law.

Biden highlighted the hardships faced by women in states with stringent abortion bans, including the lack of exceptions for rape or incest.

The ruling underscores the ongoing battle over abortion rights in the United States.

While the Supreme Court’s decision maintains access to mifepristone, it does not reverse the broader impact of overturning Roe v. Wade. In states with strict abortion laws, medical providers are prohibited from prescribing or dispensing the drug, forcing women to seek alternatives such as online orders or traveling out of state.

The decision was met with mixed emotions from abortion rights advocates and lawmakers. While some expressed relief, others condemned the prolonged legal battle.

Erin Hawley, representing the plaintiffs, expressed disappointment but noted that the ruling was based on a legal technicality. She indicated that the litigation would continue, with several states already intervening in the case.

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