Abortion has been a contentious issue in American politics for quite some time. Since the Supreme Court removed Roe v. Wade last June, the national abortion debate has only intensified.
Many Americans who oppose abortion believe it’s wrong and should be banned. Many Americans who favor abortion access think it should be readily available to all women. Then, there are others who have nuanced or mixed views about the matter.
Nevertheless, this issue is taking a new turn amid a court showdown over the abortion pill.
A lawsuit against this pill is aiming to roll back the FDA’s approval of it. Meanwhile, overwhelmingly left-wing opponents are making the case that the abortion pill ought to remain FDA-approved and readily accessible.
Regardless of how this turns out, there are bound to be folks who are not pleased with the outcome, as documented by Conservative Review.
The Latest Legal Showdown
In a nutshell, those who do not approve of the FDA giving the abortion pill the green light are raising issues on the basis of which it was approved. The anti-abortion side pointed to its authorization in 2000, with pregnancy being classified as a sort of illness at the time.
Likewise, those backing the lawsuit against the FDA approval are pointing out healthcare issues that the abortion pill can have on women who ingest it. They’re also contesting the notion that having a chemical abortion is “safer” than a surgical one.
Seeing some legally incorrect takes on this:
Today, Matthew Kacsmaryk issued an order in Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA, the case to ban Mifepristone. This order doesn't tell us anything about what Kacsmaryk is likely to do on Friday. pic.twitter.com/1Tqn8OPoYe
— Matthew Cortland (they) (@mattbc) February 22, 2023
Supporters of the abortion pill, however, continue charging Republican attorneys general (and others backing the plaintiffs of this lawsuit) with hating women and trying to control women’s bodies.
Democratic attorneys general are likewise stating that the abortion pill has been proven to be safe, due to its meeting the guidelines for FDA approval.
The abortion debate, judging from this lawsuit over access to Mifepristone, is going to remain a deeply divisive subject matter. Right now, people on both sides of the aisle are taking to social media, accusing those with the opposite view of holding said view for nefarious reasons.
Because of this lawsuit and its timing, Americans can expect the abortion debate to play a role in the approaching 2024 presidential election.
News in the big medication abortion lawsuit: the maker of Mifeprex (brand name version of mifepristone) has been allowed to intervene in the case, and as a result there will be additional time to file briefs, pushing any decision off until at least Feb 24th pic.twitter.com/SOChXdXxEE
— Garnet Henderson (@garnethenderson) February 10, 2023
This is likely going to be the case both during the GOP and Democratic primaries, along with the general election where the GOP nominee and Democratic nominee face off against one another.
The United States could very well see protests, as well, from the side that does not have this court case turn out in their favor.
What do you think about this new chapter of the abortion debate in the United States? Let us know your views in the comments area on whether or not the abortion pill’s FDA approval should be walked back or remain as is.