(ConservativeSense.com) – A lawsuit in Texas could threaten the availability of the abortion pill nationwide by challenging the approval of the drug by the Food and Drug Administration. Currently, most abortions in the U.S. are carried out by the use of the pill, which contains a drug called mifepristone.
The Texas lawsuit, filed by the group Alliance Defending Freedom, will challenge the safety of this drug after over two decades of approval by the FDA. Alliance Defending Freedom was also involved in the Mississippi case that overturned Roe v. Wade.
Suppose U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, appointed by former President Donald Trump, decides to side with the opponents filing the case. In that case, the supply of mifepristone could be halted in every state, even those in which abortion is still legal.
The president of NARAL Pro-Choice America called it a “backdoor ban on abortion.”
Just last month, two lawsuits (one in West Virginia and one in North Carolina) were launched to make the abortion pill more available by easing restrictions on it. On top of that, The Satanic Temple of New Mexico also announced they are opening a clinic to prescribe abortion pills to qualified patients as young as 17 years old and up to 11 weeks pregnant.
There are actually two pills used together to successfully abort a pregnancy, the combination of which was approved by the FDA in 2000. First, mifepristone is taken orally by swallowing, which dilates the cervix and also blocks the hormone progesterone (required to sustain pregnancy), and then 24 to 48 hours after, misoprostol is taken. Misoprostol is often used to treat stomach ulcers and is designed to dissolve in the mouth as well as the vagina, causing the uterus to cramp, contract, bleed, and then expel the pregnancy tissue.
Abortion is perhaps the most divisive topic in the U.S. right now, and ever since the Roe v. Wade decision was overturned last year, many activists have been up in arms about it, organizing huge rallies on the 50th anniversary of the ruling and even protesting outside SCOTUS Justice Bret Kavanaugh’s home.
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