Supreme Court To Weigh Major Case On Abortion Pill Approval

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The Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it is taking on a case regarding the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the chemical abortion pill mifepristone.

Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Pediatricians and the Christian Medical & Dental Associations filed a lawsuit against the FDA in November 2022, claiming that the FDA had ignored safety protocols to approve the abortion pill mifepristone. The Supreme Court said this week that it would hear the case, one of the first major abortion cases taken up by the court since overturning Roe v. Wade in June 2022, according to an order list. (RELATED: ‘A Cynical Strategy’: Less Than Two Years After Dobbs, Abortion Is Headed To The Supreme Court Again)

ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND - APRIL 13: In this photo illustration, Misoprostol tablets are displayed at a family planning clinic on April 13, 2023 in Rockville, Maryland. A Massachusetts appeals court temporarily blocked a Texas-based federal judge’s ruling that suspended the FDA’s approval of the abortion drug Mifepristone, which is part of a two-drug regimen to induce an abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy in combination with the drug Misoprostol. (Photo illustration by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

In this photo illustration, Misoprostol tablets are displayed at a family planning clinic on April 13, 2023, in Rockville, Maryland. (Photo illustration by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

The Supreme Court in April ruled against the plaintiffs in a 7-2 decision, with Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissenting, regarding a request for a temporary stay of the FDA’s ability to administer the drug. The fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, however, ruled in August that the FDA must reverse changes it made allowing the pill to be mailed online and dispensed by pharmacies without a doctor’s prescription, according to Politico.

The FDA appealed the decision to the Supreme Court in September, according to Axios. The court noted in its decision Wednesday that oral arguments on the case would be limited to one hour.

The FDA “does not comment on possible, pending or ongoing litigation,” it told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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