Amici are six cities and counties operating public healthcare systems or public hospitals: the City of New York, the County of Santa Clara, California, Cook County, Illinois, the County of Los Angeles, California, the City and County of San Francisco, California, and King County, Washington.
Amici urge that the district court’s order undermines their already overburdened public-healthcare systems by increasing demand for procedural abortion, overburdening emergency and surgical facilities, and diverting other critical resources. Local governments also warn that the order will limit providers’ ability to prescribe effective medication abortion through telehealth, which—contrary to the district court’s reasoning—will have the effect of further straining hospital resources and limiting access to care for patients. These additional strains would undermine confidence in public health-care systems at a time when those systems are already facing unique and severe challenges to providing care to their communities, particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This brief was one of many filed in support of the FDA in Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA. For more information on the case, click here.