12 Democrat States Launch New Abortion Battle

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(FixThisNation.com) – Twelve Democratic-led states have filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration challenging the federal restrictions on the abortion pill mifepristone. According to the legal challenge they claim that the limits set do not have evidence to support them.

The lawsuit, led by Washington state and Oregon, was originally filed on Thursday in federal court in Yakima, Washington, and seeks to expand mifepristone by allowing doctors and pharmacies to prescribe it in the same manner as other drugs. Currently, the dispersion and prescription of mifepristone require a special certification.

At the same time, a different lawsuit by anti-abortion activists is looking to completely block the drug from being accessible in Texas.

Mifepristone, in combination with the drug misoprostol, was approved in 2000 by the FDA and can be used for medication abortions within the first 10 weeks. According to recent data medication abortion accounts for over half of U.S. abortions. Following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that had previously protected abortion rights, medication abortion has been at the forefront of the abortion debate as many Republican-led states are looking to enforce new abortion bans.

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson stated on Friday that following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, the FDA’s decision is going to be exposing health providers to extra risk and that the restrictions set by the FBA regarding Mifepristone are not grounded in medical science and evidence.

The lawsuit further points out that mifepristone is safer than other commonly regulated drugs “such as Viagra and Tylenol.”

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