Texas judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk has upset the abortion-loving left by ordering a halt to an abortion pill after safety concerns arose. Mifepristone is part of a two-drug regimen that has long been used to terminate pregnancies in U.S. abortion clinics.
Abortion doctors say this will not deter the practice as they are able to prescribe a single but less effective drug. Misoprostol is the second part of the two-step drug-induced abortion pairing but will be used as a single-drug approach to ending pregnancies.
The halt does not go into immediate effect, but the impact U.S. District Judge Kacsmaryk’s ruling will have on abortions is not immediately clear.
The abortion drug, Mifepristone, has been widely used in the U.S. since 2000, and the left is arguing that there is essentially no precedent for a lone judge to question the medical decisions of the Food and Drug Administration. Mifepristone is one of two drugs used for medication abortion in the United States.
Kacsmaryk is a Trump administration appointee from Amarillo, Texas. The judge opted to sign an injunction directing the FDA to stay mifepristone’s approval while there is an ongoing lawsuit challenging the drugs safety. He penned a 67-page order giving the FDA seven days to appeal. Kacsmaryk wrote.
“Simply put, FDA stonewalled judicial review – until now.”
It is likely the plaintiffs had hoped he would do more. But Kacsmaryk did not withdraw or suspend the approval of the chemical abortion drug or remove it from the list of approved drugs. He simply put a ‘stay’ or hold on approval of the drug.
Abortions are currently banned in 14 states, and 16 states have laws specifically directed at controlling abortion medications.
While Kacsmaryk’s decision to check the FDA is being hailed as abnormal, the FDA has come under more scrutiny in the wake of its approval of Covid 19 vaccines. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed the lawsuit alleging that the FDAs approval of mifepristone was improper because safety risks were not adequately evaluated. The ADF was also involved in the Mississippi case that helped overturn Roe v. Wade.
Students for Life of America celebrated, posting a photo of the judge’s order to halt the abortion drug.
“Breaking: In 7 days, chemical abortion pills will not be legal in the US, protecting women and children.”
BREAKING: In 7 days, chemical abortion pills will not be legal in the US, protecting women & children.
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A federal judge has halted the Food & Drug Administration's approval of the abortion pill mifepristone, it was approved by the FDA in 2000 without proper safety evaluations. pic.twitter.com/Ikl2gD0M9D
— Students for Life of America (@StudentsforLife) April 7, 2023