USA, supreme court lifts restrictions on abortion pills

Upheld the appeal against a Texas court ruling, which had ordered the suspension of the drug. Biden: ‘I will continue to fight for women’s rights’

The US Supreme Court has decided to maintain access to the abortion pill, establishing that the drug, used in more than half of abortions in the US, can continue to be used. A Texas federal judge earlier this month decided to suspend the administration of mifepristone, a synthetic steroid used for chemical abortion and approved by the FDA.

The mifepristone case will now be considered by the Court of Appeal to then probably return to the Supreme Court. Either way, the court ruling means that access to the drug will remain unchanged until at least next year, allowing patients to get abortions with the drug in states where it was previously available.

The decision offered a victory for the Biden administration, who defended access to the drug in the latest fierce legal battle over reproductive rights in the United States. The president praised the decision and said he continued to support the FDA’s approval of the pill. “As a result of the supreme court hold, mifepristone remains available and approved for safe and effective use as we continue this fight in the courts,” Biden said in a statement. “The stakes couldn’t be higher for women across America. I will continue to fight political attacks on women’s health.”