Biden Administration to Appeal Texas Abortion Pill Case to Supreme Court

April 14, 2023 : The Biden administration has asked the Supreme Court to remove restrictions on using the abortion drug mifepristone after an appellate court blocked a Texas judge’s ruling to halt drug approval. Mifepristone is used in over half of all US abortions. While the appellate court prevented the Texas ruling from taking effect, it limited the drug’s use, preventing patients from receiving it by mail and shortening the approved use window from up to 10 weeks of pregnancy to seven. The Justice Department has requested that the Supreme Court lift these limitations due to take effect on 17 April. The drug was approved by the FDA over 20 years ago and is part of a two-drug regimen that induces abortions. However, Texas Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk ordered its removal from the market, saying the FDA had violated federal rules allowing for the accelerated approval of some drugs. Anti-abortion campaigners have opposed the FDA approval of mifepristone, claiming it was a politically motivated decision that did not follow proper protocols. The FDA spent four years reviewing mifepristone before approval and placed it in a select category of 60 drugs regulated under a system of extra restrictions that are repeatedly re-evaluated.