ICYMI: Democratic AGs Lead the Fight to Preserve Access to Abortion Pill

April 11, 2023

Washington, DC — On Friday, Democratic AGs won a critical ruling to preserve access to medication abortion as a conservative federal judge in Texas tried to strip the FDA’s approval of mifepristone. The ruling in Texas, supported by Republican AGs, seeks to strip the FDA’s approval of the abortion pill, while the other in Washington, led by Democratic AGs, aims to preserve access to mifepristone for millions of Americans. Democratic AGs have made it clear that they will continue to use every legal tool available to fight back against Republican-led attacks on reproductive health care.

New York Times: Reaction to Texas Abortion Pill Ruling: Outrage, and Muted Praise

  • “In a statement, the co-chairs of the Democratic Attorneys General Association, Kathy Jennings of Delaware and Aaron Ford of Nevada, said: ‘While there are still unknown elements and effects of these rulings, rest assured: Democratic attorneys general will be on the front lines of the fight to protect abortion access in every corner of our country.’”

CNN: Democrats slam Texas abortion ruling as Republicans mostly go quiet

  • “Ellen Rosenblum, the Democratic attorney general of Oregon, said her office was reviewing the orders but made clear this new front in the legal and political fight over abortion was only just taking shape.”

Axios: Washington judge orders FDA to not suspend abortion pill approval

  • “What they’re saying: ‘Today’s decision out of Texas to ban mifepristone, a safe and effective abortion medication, is a disturbing and extraordinarily dangerous attack against women across the country,’ per a statement by Democratic Attorneys General Association.”

Washington Post: In a divided nation, dueling decisions on abortion pill

  • “Ferguson and other Democratic attorneys general who filed the Washington state lawsuit said if both rulings take effect, they would expect the FDA to preserve access to mifepristone in their states — even if it becomes prohibited in other ones. They acknowledged in interviews that they filed the lawsuit in part with the intent of blunting the impact of Kascmaryk’s ruling in their states.”
  • “‘Absolutely,’ said Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum (D). ‘The FDA would be forced to follow the court ruling in the case.’”


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