Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk is considering a ban on abortion pills

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Boxes of the drug mifepristone sit on a shelf at the West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on March 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed, File)

A Texas-based federal judge appointed by former President Donald Trump quietly and hastily called a hearing Wednesday to decide whether to ban abortion drugs statewide, in a significant move less than a year after Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Decline in reproductive rights could result Organization Roe v. Wade fell.

Advocacy groups, led by an organization called the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, filed the lawsuit late last year, challenging the more than two-decade-old Food and Drug Administration approval of mifepristone in 2000. They claim that the FDA’s approval is the result of an accelerated review process and, despite the overwhelming weight of medical opinion on the subject, claim that the drug is unsafe.

The group’s attorney, Erik Baptist, reportedly nodded to the reasons for Dobb’s ruling during a 90-minute hearing Wednesday in Amarillo, Texas.

Taking mifepristone off the market “would restore proper police power to the states,” Baptist argued, according to The Associated Press. However, Baptist reportedly conceded, after asking the judge to do so, that there was no precedent for an order removing drugs that had been approved for decades.

When asked if he could give an example, Baptist reportedly replied, “No, I can’t,” according to the Washington Post.

However, U.S. District Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk appears open to the idea, the Post added.

The newspaper noted that mifepristone combined with a second pill has become the most common method of abortion in the United States, a trend that has accelerated since the Dobbs ruling.

The Post reported that the hearing ended after four hours with no verdict from the judge.

In a brief from the Court Friend, a dozen medical organizations led by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association called opposition to the lawsuit against the drug “fundamentally ideological, not scientific.”

“They seek to end the practice of medical abortion with mifepristone and encourage the court to overturn the FDA’s expert judgment and revoke a 23-year-old approval,” the medical groups wrote. “Your request is not based on rigorous scientific review and analysis, but rather on speculation and the personal opinions of two doctors.”

https://lawandcrime.com/abortion/abortion-pill-foes-lawyer-concedes-blocking-fda-approved-drug-years-later-would-be-unprecedented-reports/ Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk is considering a ban on abortion pills

Brian Ashcraft

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