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The Supreme Court upholds abortion pill availability in the US.

By ki0nk Jun15,2024

On Thursday, June 13, the US Supreme Court declined to restrict access to the abortion pill. The conservative majority of nine judges on the Court unanimously rule that associations of medical professionals who oppose abortion do not have a “interest in acting,” which is a prerequisite for pursuing legal action.

The strongest opponents of abortion sought to limit access to the abortion pill, but the US Supreme Court on Thursday, June 13, lifted those restrictions. President Joe Biden urged Americans to remain vigilant despite these efforts.

The conservative majority of the court’s nine judges unanimously rule that the plaintiffs, specifically groups of anti-abortion medical professionals who refrain from prescribing or using the pill mifepristone, which is used in the majority of abortions performed nationwide, lack the “interest in acting,” which is a prerequisite for pursuing legal action.

The American Medicines Agency (FDA) had eliminated various limits on access to mifepristone, a medication used for medical abortions, in 2016. However, in 2023, an appeals court composed of ultraconservative judges reinstated those restrictions.

In his ruling, Justice Brett Kavanaugh of the Supreme Court stated, “The plaintiffs have not demonstrated that the relaxation of the FDA rules would likely harm them in fact.” He continues, “Plaintiffs’ concerns about the FDA’s actions are not appropriate to be addressed by the federal courts; instead, they should be directed to the legislative or executive branch.”

An arena of conflict between Trump and Biden

While acknowledging the ruling, Democratic President Joe Biden emphasized that “the fight continues.” Biden focused his campaign against Republican predecessor Donald Trump on defending the right to an abortion.

His vice president, Kamala Harris, said, “This decision does not change the fact that millions of Americans today live under cruel abortion bans because of Donald Trump.” “Also the threats regarding medical abortions,” she continued.

The Supreme Court granted states complete authority to enact laws pertaining to abortion rights when it rendered its landmark decision in June 2022, nullifying the federal guarantee of that right. Since then, about twenty countries have outlawed or severely restricted abortion (the voluntary refusal of a pregnancy, whether through medication or surgery).

Donald Trump takes great satisfaction in having contributed to the reversal of June 2022 jurisprudence by appointing three conservative justices to the Supreme Court.

Responses from detractors and advocates

Although Nancy Northup, head of the Center for Reproductive Rights, expressed her gratitude at the ruling, she said that “this baseless case should never have gotten this far.” She emphasized that the anti-abortion movement was “prepared to do anything to block access to them” and said, “Unfortunately, the attacks on abortion pills will not stop there.”

The plaintiffs’ legal counsel, the conservative Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), expressed disappointment that the Court would not address the legality of the FDA’s unlawful activities, but it reiterated that the agency’s decisions to relax regulations pose a risk to women’s health.

If the appeal decision had been upheld, it would have restricted the maximum gestational age from ten to seven weeks, outlawed the mailing of tablets, and reinstated the need for a prescription, all due to concerns that have been conclusively ruled out by scientific consensus. only by a medical professional.

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that 63% of abortions conducted in the US in 2023 were medically performed.

Republican senators on Thursday blocked a Democratic bill to safeguard access to in vitro fertilization (IVF), creating another battleground in the fight for reproductive rights. Kamala Harris retorted, “Trump’s buddies in the Senate are demonstrating once more that they do not acknowledge women’s fundamental right to make decisions for their own bodies and health.”


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