(ReliableNews.org) – At the end of 2021, the FDA decided patients would be allowed to receive abortion pills through the mail. In February 2023, the attorneys general of 20 states warned pharmacies that distributing the pills through the mail violates federal and state laws. Missouri is now suing President Joe Biden’s administration over the issue.
On November 6, Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey filed a lawsuit against the FDA and the US Department of Health and Human Services. In a press release, the Republican accused the agencies of illegally approving the shipments of abortion pills through the mail. Bailey said the “[u]nelected federal bureaucrats” exceeded their authority by approving the “shipment of these dangerous chemical abortion drugs in the mail.”
The attorney general claimed that the FDA’s guidance is going to kill unborn babies and their mothers. He goes on to say the agency has a responsibility to keep dangerous drugs out of the hands of the public. Bailey said the FDA failed girls and women by choosing “politics over science” by approving “risky, untested chemical abortion drugs” and has ignored the harms by removing “the most basic precautionary requirements” for the medication.
Bailey is asking the court to issue an injunction against the FDA’s approval of generic mifepristone, policy allowing the drugs to be mailed, and reinstate safety measures put in place when the drugs were approved in 2000.
Idaho and Kansas joined the suit, which was filed in the conservative-friendly Amarillo Division of the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The judge in that district, Andrew Kacsmaryk, was appointed by former President Donald Trump and has previously suspended FDA approval for the abortion pills. In April, the Supreme Court issued an emergency stay blocking the judge’s injunction and removing all restrictions on mifepristone while that case plays out in lower courts.
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