According to the lawsuit, ending these safeguards increases the risk of forced abortions and “helps sex traffickers and sexual abusers to force their victims into getting abortions while preventing the authorities from identifying these victims.”
According to the Guttmacher Institute, chemical abortions make up more than half of abortions in the United States. Those who perform chemical abortion commonly use a combination of mifepristone and misoprostol, with the latter being less regulated. This means the court ruling could drastically change the abortion landscape in the country.
An FDA spokesperson declined comment on the litigation.
Numerous pro-life organizations, 67 members of Congress, and nearly two dozen state attorneys general have signed amicus briefs, also known as “friend of the court” briefs, in support of the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine lawsuit. Several Catholic organizations have recently joined the fight against the abortion pill.
“We think that there are very serious ethical issues of informed consent not being properly obtained in providing abortions through mifepristone,” Joseph Meaney, the president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, told CNA. “Abortion is never ethical, but it is even worse to do it in ways that endanger those seeking it.”
The National Catholic Bioethics Center was one of several Catholic organizations that signed onto an amicus brief with Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America. This includes the Catholic Bar Association, the Catholic Benefits Association, and the Catholic Health Center Leadership Alliance.