Power to Decide Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Agreeing to Hear Mifepristone Case
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear arguments in Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine et al v. U.S. Food and Drug et al, a case in which the anti-abortion plaintiffs are seeking to reduce or eliminate access to mifepristone, one of two safe and effective medications used for medication abortion. This will be the first abortion case taken up by the Supreme Court since it overturned Roe v. Wade, but today’s announcement does not change the current availability of mifepristone.
Mifepristone has been used by more than 5 million people for abortion and miscarriage care since it was approved by the FDA more than 20 years ago. More than half of abortions in the United States are medication abortions with mifepristone. Efforts to remove access to mifepristone are further efforts to deny access to abortion, a basic part of reproductive health care.
Power to Decide CEO, Raegan McDonald-Mosley, MD, MPH, issued the following statement on today’s SCOTUS announcement:
“As a practicing OB-GYN, I know that mifepristone has a 23-year track record of safety and efficacy. While today’s announcement does not change the current availability of mifepristone, we hope the Court will not further restrict access to this critical medication.
“Power to Decide is more committed than ever to ensuring that all people have access to the reproductive health care they need and want, including abortion care. Medication abortion helps people make their own private medical decisions, expands access to abortion care and reduces abortion stigma.
“We will continue to update AbortionFinder.org, our resource that helps abortion seekers find verified abortion care. AbortionFinder gives people accurate information about abortion options so they can make informed decisions and access the care they need.”
Power to Decide is a private, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that works to ensure all people — no matter who they are, where they live, or what their economic status might be — have the power to decide if, when and under what circumstances to get pregnant or have a child.