The US Supreme Court retains access to the abortion pill but only temporarily. Indeed, the wise men extended the suspension of restrictions on the drug until midnight on April 21, effectively gaining 48 hours to evaluate and decide the future of mifepristone.
The battle over abortion drugs
After the Supreme Court overturned the landmark ruling on abortion last summer, the battle in many Republican states has shifted to drugs used for abortion. Texas judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Republican nominated by Donald Trump, ruled in early April the suspension of mifepristone for safety reasons, espousing the cause of some doctors and pro-life groups. The Biden administration immediately appealed a decision that effectively blocked the popular abortion pill across the country – used in more than half of abortions in the United States – and the clash reached the Supreme Court. The wise men initially ‘saved’ the drug pending a definitive ruling on whether or not to maintain access to it, while the legal battle in the various courts runs its course, as requested by the Biden administration.
The yellow behind the postponement of the decision
Judge Samuel Alito announced last week that mifepristone would remain available until midnight today, April 19. Now the new extension has arrived until Friday 21 April. What exactly is behind this temporary extension is unclear. Some observers believe that the wise men are still discussing and have not been able to find a majority agreement. Others, on the other hand, are convinced that the delay is only due to the writing of the reasons for a decision that has already been taken. The fear of the White House, the Democrats and millions of women is that the Court with a conservative majority will decide to stop the abortion pill too after overturning the historic Roe v. Wade who legalized abortions in the United States in 1973.