The future of a widely used abortion-inducing drug at the center of the nation’s largest legal battle over abortion rights since the end of Roe vs. Wade it could be in the hands of the United States Supreme Court.
Judges on the nation’s highest court will weigh a case seeking 23-year-old federal approval of mifepristone, part of a two-drug protocol for medical abortion, the most common form of abortion in the United States. USA
Following an appeal by the Biden administration and the drugmakers, the court halted a lower court ruling that would strike down the US Food and Drug Administration’s approval of mifepristone, which was approved by first time by the government agency in 2000.
The Supreme Court order expires at midnight on Friday and the judges are expected to issue a decision in the case before then, but the latest pause ensures that the drug is still accessible, for now.
It’s unclear how the Supreme Court will decide the appeal, but a ruling to nullify the drug’s FDA approval could dramatically affect abortion access and miscarriage care for millions of Americans across the country, including in states where it is legally protected. , and
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What will the Supreme Court decide and what will happen next?
The order of Supreme Court Judge Samuel Alito, who presides over the district where the mifepristone challenge was filed, was published in the so-called “shadow file,” where the court handles both procedural forms and emergency motions that can have profound implications.
Alito’s brief order to stay a federal court decision that would reverse FDA approval for mifepristone maintains the status quo until midnight Friday at the latest.
But it is not clear what the court will do next.
The court will not rule on the merits of the case, but will determine how or if mifepristone can be dispensed while the case continues.
After the court makes a decision, the case returns to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Louisiana. Both sides will have the opportunity to submit briefs and the case will be argued before a three-judge panel on May 17.
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Here’s how the case played out in recent months:
- In November, the group Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit in the US District Court in Amarillo, Texas, on behalf of a group of anti-abortion activists attached to the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, which organized that month with an address in yellow.
- Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a former right-wing activist lawyer who was appointed to the federal judiciary by Donald Trump, held a hearing on the case on March 15 in Amarillo.
- Earlier this month, Judge Kacsmaryk issued a ruling to suspend FDA approval of mifepristone. His order would take effect a week later, pending an appeal decision.
- But in a separate ruling in Washington state, a federal judge ruled that the FDA cannot change the status quo when it comes to approving mifepristone, potentially leading to conflicting decisions about the drug.
- Abortion rights advocates, providers, major medical groups, and legal analysts condemned the ruling, and the US Department of Justice and Danco Laboratories, which makes mifepristone, filed an appeal.
- That appeal went to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over the Amarillo court.
- A three-judge panel on the Fifth Circuit blocked part of the judge’s ruling, but attacked mail-order prescriptions and rules extending the drug’s approval for use up to 10 weeks pregnant.
- The Supreme Court blocked the Texas ruling while it considers the case.
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Civil rights advocates and legal groups were shocked by lower court rulings aimed at FDA approval of mifepristone, decisions they say are “detached” from both the law and the law. science, including decades of research and guidance from leading public health and medical organizations. .
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