Biden health secretary suggests White House could ignore abortion ruling

 April 10, 2023

Joe Biden's health secretary Xavier Becerra suggested the administration could ignore a federal court ruling that blocked abortion pills from the market.

Beccera told CNN that "everything is on the table" to ensure uninterrupted access to the drug mifepristone.

The administration will go through the appeals process, Becerra said, but he declined to rule out the more drastic response advocated by Democrats like Senator Ron Wyden (Or.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Ny.), who have called on the Food and Drug Administration to ignore the ruling.

"Everything is on the table. The president said that way back when the Dobbs decision came out every option is on the table," Becerra said.

Biden's latest constitutional threat

The Biden official, who once targeted the Little Sisters of the Poor as California's top cop, called the preliminary injunction against the abortion pill un-American.

"This is not America. What you saw by that one judge in that one court in that one state, that's not America. America goes by the evidence, America does what's fair, America does what is transparent."

It's not the first time the administration has threatened to ignore the Constitutional separation of powers to protect abortion.

When the Supreme Court repealed Roe v. Wade last year, Biden condemned the court's conservatives as "extreme" and pledged to do everything in his power to work around the ruling.

Biden again took to the bully pulpit Friday to condemn the "ideological" injunction from Trump appointee Matthew Kacsmaryk, saying it would endanger the lives of women.

"Dangerous precedent"

The plaintiffs in the case say the opposite is true, arguing the FDA has ignored legitimate safety risks since it approved the abortion pill in 2000 using an accelerated process originally meant to help treat serious diseases like AIDS.

In the wake of the COVID lockdowns, the agency made the pills available through mail order. The drug, which works by blocking the hormone progesterone, induces abortions when taken with misoprostol.

Republican Nancy Mace (Sc.) joined those urging the FDA to dismiss the injunction in a separate CNN interview Monday.

"This is an FDA approved drug," she said. "Whether you agree with its usage or not, that's not your decision. That's the FDA's decision on the efficacy, safety and usage of that particular drug."

For now, the Biden administration is hesitating to step on the authority of the judiciary, saying it would set a "dangerous precedent."

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