“That Tactic Worked”: Dem AGs Lawsuit to Protect Mifepristone Praised in POLITICO

April 18, 2023

Democratic AGs Legal Strategy is a Cornerstone of National Response to GOP Abortion Attacks

Washington, DC — As Republican AGs have continued their coordinated attacks on reproductive health care, Democratic AGs are using the full force of their offices to protect abortion access. POLITICO Magazine’s Alex Burns spotlighted the Democratic AGs latest action to protect mifepristone, writing, “…in Washington state, where the state attorney general, Bob Ferguson, is suing to loosen FDA restrictions on mifepristone. The suit was devised in part as a tool for countering the Texas case: Ferguson told NPR earlier this year that it could help shield states like his from the immediate impact of an extreme ruling in Texas.”

“That tactic worked. When the Texas decision came down, the judge in Washington ruled that the availability of mifepristone could not be restricted in the coalition of states suing to loosen access.”

“The Washington state litigation on mifepristone was one such tool. When far-right groups file lawsuits before conservative-leaning courts with an eye toward changing national policy, blue states can launch competing litigation on the same subjects to engineer legal deadlock.”


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