Controversial Court Verdict Rejects Mifepristone Mail Delivery Amidst Ongoing Abortion Debate

By Olivia Weaving August 18, 2023

US Federal Court in New Orleans disrupts mailing of crucial abortion medication, mifepristone, drawing criticism as the Supreme Court gears up for appeal.

In a dividing ruling, the Federal Appeals Court in New Orleans has dismissed the judgment of Texas Federal Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk against the 2000 approval of the abortion pill mifepristone by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Mifepristone, being one among the two-drug alternative to surgical abortion, has sparked a nationwide debate. Unsurprisingly, the court favored a path aligned with Kacsmaryk to overturn the lax expansions legislated in 2016 and 2021 letting mail delivery of the drug, landing a blow to reproductive rights.

Nevertheless, for the time being, the situation remains at a standstill as per the Supreme Court’s order until appeals are settled. It is essential for the top court to revert this ruling and assure the appropriate regulation and approval of mifepristone and misoprostol by the authorities.

The complexity of these legal battles encompasses much more than mere medical concerns associated with the drug. Any allegations of insufficiency in FDA's approval process or rare medical complications are mere covers for more profound ideological clashes. The vocal opponents of abortion, trying to incorporate their moral opposition onto the entire population, propose these lawsuits regardless of the medical professionals and patients' views.

These legal maneuvers would not gain attention if a drug with the same risk factors, approval timeline and authorizations were to treat heart-related ailments or allergies instead. However, due to the ideological orientation of the case, a three-judge panel is echoing baseless suspicions about mifepristone’s safety, overlooking the tons of evidence validating its safety.

With the recent overturn of Roe v. Wade, essentially passing the abortion access issue back to the states, the Supreme Court is once again at the center of these controversies. Anti-abortion groups, having spent decades orchestrating attacks on abortion rights, viewed this as the initial step of a series of measures leading to the complete inaccessibility of abortion.

A consistent pro-anti-abortion stance by the apex Court signals a shift towards open ideology, deviating from Roe's longstanding precedent. Unlike the prior rulings, an adverse verdict now would implicitly sign-off on pseudo-medical theories and undermine FDA's regulatory power. One could only hope that the sense of judicial responsibility would dissuade the justices from endorsing any deviation from the rule of law.