Texas judge could end access to abortion medication mifepristone nationwide
In an interview on MSNBC’s “Alex Wagner Tonight,” Center President and CEO Nancy Northup discusses the lawsuit filed in Texas by anti-abortion advocates against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) to revoke the FDA’s approval of mifepristone, one of two drugs used for medication abortion.
Northup told Wagner the lawsuit is “baseless.”
“Listeners should know that medication abortion is safe and effective. [For] 22 years plus, over five million women in the United States have used medication abortion,” Northup said. “It is the method of choice for most people in the United States.”
Northup said that a decision banning mifepristone from the market “would create more crisis on top of the crisis that’s already happening” because many people across the U.S. rely on medication abortion for access. “If all of a sudden clinics have to switch from people doing telemedicine medication abortions—safe and effective at home—to having to come in for a surgical abortion, that changes entirely the access framework,” Northup added. “It is hugely problematic.”
A decision in the case could come as early as late February.