Attorneys general from twelve states with Democratic governors filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, claiming that the agency’s limits on the sale of the abortion drug mifepristone are unfounded, Fox News informed.
Both Oregon and Washington state are leading the case, which was filed in federal court in Yakima, Washington, and seeks to increase access to the abortion pill by allowing any physician and drugstore to prescribe and administer it.
A unique accreditation is required for physicians and pharmacies that already prescribe and dispense the medication.
Bob Ferguson, the attorney general for Washington state, asserted on Friday that the FDA’s ban is superfluous.
Mifepristone’s safety and effectiveness have long been recognized by the federal authorities, according to Ferguson.
After the extreme decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the FDA is currently putting patients, pharmacists, and medical professionals at undue danger. The FDA’s unreasonable limits on this crucial medication are not supported by medical research.
According to the lawsuit, mifepristone is safer than several of the popular medications that the FDA controls, including Tylenol and Viagra.
The complaint also names Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Democrats serve as attorneys general in every state.
The action, which comes as a federal judge is reviewing a case from six conservative groups that claims the medicine was approved improperly, also asks the court to decide that the FDA’s approval of the abortion pill is legitimate and lawful.
Mifepristone is subject to special restrictions from the FDA as part of a safety program designed to reduce the risk of potentially hazardous medications, but those restrictions have been loosened on the drug multiple times. The FDA approved retail pharmacies in January to dispense the abortion drug mifepristone.
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