Abortion access under further threat


Michal Jarmoluk

Mifepristone can be used to end pregnancy for up to 10 weeks.

Ollie O'Toole, Staff Writer

Popular abortion drug Mifepristone could be made illegal nationwide as a result of a court case in Texas.

The ruling of federal judge Matthew Kacsmaryk of the Northern District of Texas on this case is expected to come out in the next few days. If he sides with the anti-abortion groups against the FDA, the pill used in more than 50% of abortions in the United States could be banned across the country.

“I don’t think it’s anyone else’s place to decide medically what they should do with their bodies,” junior Maya Wik said.

The lawsuit alleges that the FDA did not adequately study the safety of the drug. The drug, Mifepristone, is most often taken with another drug called Misoprostol, which can be taken on its own.

“It’s embarrassing for the US [to be] putting these laws into civilians’ bodies,” Wik said.

The banning of this drug would make mail-in abortions, which have become more popular in states where abortion is now illegal, much more difficult. However, it is likely that this case would end up in the Supreme Court as many abortion advocacy groups are already looking into overturning the results of this case if the pill is banned. Even though 61% of Americans believe abortion should be legal, it looks likely that this judge will rule to ban this drug.

“Get your laws of my body, keep them away from me.” Wik said.