Lawsuit Argues FDA’s Abortion Pill Approval Was Illegal

  • Abortion rights advocates and the Biden administration are sounding the alarm after the filing of a Texas lawsuit that challenges the decades-old Food and Drug Administration approval of mifepristone, the first step of the FDA’s two-pill abortion process responsible for nearly 50% of all abortions in the U.S.
  • In the first-of-its-kind lawsuit, four national medical associations and four doctors experienced in treating pregnant and post-abortive women argue that the FDA’s accelerated approval of the drug more than 20 years ago in 2000 was unlawful because the agency failed to abide by its legal obligations.
  • The Alliance Defending Freedom, a national nonprofit public interest law firm, contends that the only way the FDA was able to accelerate the approval of mifepristone is by classifying pregnancy as a “serious or life-threatening illness” for which the abortion drug provides “meaningful therapeutic benefit.”
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