If you listen closely, you’ll hear the pro-abortion crowd once again screaming and crying that their “rights” to murder unborn children are being taken away by those evil, pro-life Republicans again.
That’s because according to Politico, a Texas-based federal judge could soon strike down the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s “decades-old decision” to approve mifepristone, one of the two pills used to terminate a pregnancy.
District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk of Amarillo is expected to make a ruling on the matter due to a lawsuit filed originally by the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, a coalition of physicians who oppose abortion.
Alternatively, the Texas judge could opt to roll back some of the FDA’s previous decisions to where the pills would be available only through a physician.
Legal weapons drawn
Both sides of the issue outside of the original lawsuit are already sharpening their legal knives. The Biden administration has said it would appeal any decision to restrict or ban the pills.
While the Biden administration plans to swiftly appeal any ruling against the pills — which could come any time after lawyers for both sides submit their briefs on Friday — advocates say they are not counting on federal leaders to take the sweeping actions they believe are needed to deal with the potential loss of the country’s most-used method of abortion.
“We don’t hold our breath for government action,” said Elisa Wells, an abortion pill advocate. “We know that in the absence of political support and leadership, this is what we have to do. We have to provide for ourselves and our community.”
Pro-abortion people had nervous breakdowns across social media at the possibility that women won’t be able to terminate babies with a quick trip to Walgreens.
By filing their lawsuits in single-judge divisions like Kacsmaryk’s, conservative lawyers are all but guaranteed to get a favorable outcome.
The legal attack on medication abortion should be laughed out of court. But Kacsmaryk is taking it very seriously. https://t.co/8OCuDR0xRv pic.twitter.com/xmsfiPPyPa
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) February 6, 2023
On Thursday, the Texas judge extended the deadline on the original lawsuit, moving the new date to Feb. 24, according to CNBC.
“Briefing will then be closed on the matter, absent any ‘exceptional or extraordinary circumstance,'” Kacsmaryk wrote in his deadline extension ruling.
Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk on Thursday ordered one of the companies that makes the pill, Danco Laboratories, to lay out its opposition to the attempt to pull the medication from the U.S. market. The anti-abortion physicians who originally filed the lawsuit then have until Feb. 24 to reply.
Republican attorneys general in some anti-abortion states has even warned Walgreens and CVS about the possibility of transitioning to mailing the pills, vowing to take action if that happens.
Only time will tell what the Trump-appointed judge will rule. Both sides will undoubtedly use the extended timeline to bring as much further evidence forward as possible to make their cases.