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The Supreme Court issued an administrative stay on Friday that preserves access to the abortion pill while litigation plays out in lower courts.
Under President Bill Clinton, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved mifepristone in 2000, a drug that causes abortion. However, the FDA removed several safeguards limiting the pill’s use in 2016 and 2019.
The abortion pill has made its way onto the Supreme Court’s radar after President Joe Biden’s FDA allowed the pill to be sent through the mail in 2021, leading to federal lawsuits initiated by pro-life organizations.
On Friday, the Supreme Court issued a stay “pending disposition of the appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and disposition of a petition for a writ of certiorari, if such a writ is timely sought.”
Justice Clarence Thomas would have denied the DOJ’s application for stays, and Alito wrote a dissent that criticized the FDA for not acting “equitably.”
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