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BOMBSHELL RULING: Supreme Court Strikes Down Legal Challenge to Abortion Pill, Upholds Broad Access to Mifepristone

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The United States Supreme Court retained the accessibility of the widely used abortion pill mifepristone.

Jun. 13 2024, Published 10:45 a.m. ET

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In a landmark decision delivered this week, the United States Supreme Court retained the accessibility of the widely used abortion pill mifepristone, RadarOnline.com can report – a ruling that carried significant implications for reproductive rights across the nation.

The high court unanimously found that the anti-abortion doctors who challenged the Food and Drug Administration's regulatory decisions lacked the legal standing to sue and, therefore, resulted in the dismissal of the lawsuit.

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The court found that the anti-abortion doctors who challenged the FDA's regulatory decisions lacked the legal standing to sue.

The crux of the legal battle revolved around the FDA’s decisions to ease restrictions on mifepristone, according to the New York Times – including measures allowing the drug to be dispensed via mail and permitting non-physician healthcare providers to administer it.

By dismissing the case without ruling on the legal merits, the Supreme Court avoided a direct confrontation over the FDA's authority but also left the door open for potential future challenges.

The Supreme Court's ruling ensured that mifepristone would remain obtainable up to 10 weeks into a pregnancy – as opposed to the previous seven-week limit.

As RadarOnline.com previously reported, the Supreme Court’s surprising ruling on Thursday came nearly two years after the conservative-majority court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

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The Supreme Court’s surprising ruling on Thursday came nearly two years after the court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

Roe v. Wade had guaranteed a federal constitutional right to abortion, and the revocation of Roe v. Wade led to a surge in restrictive abortion laws across conservative states.

Meanwhile, medical and pharmaceutical entities closely observed the Supreme Court's ruling this week and voiced significant concerns about the implications of judicial interference in the FDA's approval processes.

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The pharmaceutical industry, which was apprehensive about potential disruptions, argued that judicial second-guessing could create chaos and stifle innovation.

“The pharmaceutical industry warned that any second-guessing of the approval process by untrained federal judges could cause chaos and deter innovation,” insiders aligned with abortion rights advocacy groups said after the ruling was announced.

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The revocation of Roe v. Wade led to a surge in restrictive abortion laws across conservative states.

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It should also be noted that while the dismissal of the lawsuit marked a significant point in the ongoing legal saga, it was far from the final word on the matter.

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The Supreme Court is also slated to hear another pertinent case that will determine whether Idaho's stringent abortion ban prevents doctors from performing abortions in emergency situations where pregnant women face life-threatening complications.

In April 2023, a Texas-based judge – Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk – issued a sweeping ruling that invalidated the FDA's approval of mifepristone – a move that incited panic among abortion-rights advocates who feared a nationwide ban.

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While the dismissal of the lawsuit marked a significant point in the ongoing legal saga, it was far from the final word on the matter.

The Supreme Court's intervention later that month allowed the pill to remain widely available as litigation progressed.

The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals subsequently narrowed Judge Kacsmaryk's ruling but affirmed that certain FDA actions started in 2016 were unlawful.

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Both sides of the issue appealed to the Supreme Court.

The court accepted the Biden Administration’s appeal in defense of the FDA's recent decisions back in December but declined to consider the original 2000 approval of mifepristone.

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