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Abortion pill: The US Supreme Court will decide

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Mar26,2024

Abortion pill: The American Supreme Court will decide

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Abortion rights protesters hold a banner outside the U.S. Supreme Court as justices hear arguments in the part of an attempt by President Joe Biden's administration to preserve broad access to the abortion pill, in Washington, March 26, 2024.

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The American Supreme Court with a conservative majority finds itself once again on Tuesday at the heart of the debate on the right to abortion, called upon to decide on the conditions of access to the pill used in the majority of abortions in the United States. United.

Since it canceled the federal guarantee of this right on June 24, 2022, states have complete freedom to legislate in this area and around twenty have banned abortion, whether carried out by medication. or surgical, or have strictly restricted this right.

Several dozen pro- and anti-abortion demonstrators gathered Tuesday morning in front of the Supreme Court. The former held up signs calling for access to the abortion pill in all 50 states, the latter asserting that it presented risks to women's health.

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A pro-abortion rights protester holds a sign during a demonstration in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26, 2024.

An ultraconservative appeals court last year reinstated several of the restrictions on access to a pill used for medical abortion, mifepristone, lifted by the United States Medicines Agency (FDA) since 2016.

Citing potential risks that have been ruled out by scientific consensus, this decision would reduce the limit of ten weeks of pregnancy to seven, prohibit the sending of tablets by post and would once again make prescription exclusively by a doctor compulsory.

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The administration of Democratic President Joe Biden and the manufacturer of mifepristone, the Danco laboratory, are asking the nine judges of the Supreme Court to overturn this decision, currently suspended.

The administration of Democratic President Joe Biden and the manufacturer of mifepristone are notably contesting the interest in acting, a condition for taking legal action, of plaintiffs, namely associations of doctors or practitioners hostile to abortion who neither prescribe nor use this pill.

< p class="Text-sc-2357a233-1 fnWfaZ">They have not identified among their thousands of members even a single doctor who was forced to perform an abortion during the decades that mifepristone was on the market. p>A quote from Elizabeth Prelogar, the Biden administration's legal advisor

The plaintiffs name only seven doctors for whom the FDA's changes to the conditions of use could marginally increase the risk of having to treat a woman suffering from complications following the absorption of mifepristone, notes she.

The Biden administration and the laboratory also claim that the FDA followed legal procedures and that no scientific evidence does not demonstrate an increased risk for patients.

The plaintiffs' lawyers, on the contrary, denounce arbitrary relaxations, believing that the FDA should have, before removing crucial precautions, generally assessed the possible additional risks to women's health which could result.

As a result, these practitioners find themselves faced with the risk of having to treat possible complications due to mifepristone although this type of participation in a chosen abortion violates their conscience and harms them in other respects, assure -ils.

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Boxes of mifepristone, the first drug that allows medical abortion.

Nearly two-thirds of abortions (63%) in the United States in 2023 were carried out medicinally, the Guttmacher Institute, a specialized research center, said last week.

When the Supreme Court rules, it will either have to decide whether to ignore the FDA by reinstating unnecessary barriers to access to mifepristone or to respect the scientific evidence of its safety and effectiveness, says the Supreme Court. institute, which defends the right to abortion.

The Court's decision is expected by June 30.

The Biden administration will continue to support the FDA's validation and classification of mifepristone as safe and effective and we will continue to fight the unprecedented attacks against women's freedom to make their own decisions about their health, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday.

Joe Biden made protecting the right to abortion a focus of his campaign for the November presidential election against his Republican predecessor Donald Trump, whose appointments to the Supreme Court were successful to the reversal of jurisprudence of June 2022.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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