Supreme Court Reinstates Safety Requirements for Abortion Drugs

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The Supreme Court this week reinstated the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) safety policy for chemical-abortion drugs. Since its approval, the FDA has required women obtain the drug, mifepristone, in person. The ACLU sued to challenge the FDA's in-person requirement during the pandemic, stating that it would put women at risk of contracting COVID-19 at the doctor's office or hospital. A federal judge ruled that the FDA's safety requirements were a "substantial obstacle" to a woman's right to abortion during the pandemic. The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to reinstate the federal rules, stating that the lower court could not properly order the FDA to lift established requirements. 

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, applauded the ruling in a statement. "We welcome the Supreme Court's reinstatement of the FDA's ability to enforce important and long-standing health and safety requirements related to chemical abortion drugs." Calling the chemical-abortion process "dangerous, painful, and emotionally bleak," Naumann stressed that the "inalienable dignity of women and their unborn children deserves so much more."

Archbishop Naumann's full statement can be found on the USCCB website.

January 22, 2021 - 10:59am

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