Supreme Court grants stay in medication abortion case: Attorney General Letitia James pledges continued support for reproductive rights

April 26, 2023 Rob Abruzzese
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The U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay pending appeal in Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA on Friday, which means that lower court orders restricting access to the abortion medication mifepristone will not take effect while the appeals process continues.

Attorney General Letitia James released a statement following the announcement that expressed relief over the decision and affirming her commitment to protecting reproductive health care access, including medication abortion options.

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is a major relief for millions of Americans who have been worried about access to their reproductive health care. As the appeals process moves forward, I will use the full force of my office to help ensure that medication abortion options, including mifepristone, remain available and protected in New York. It’s your body, and it should always be your choice,” said Attorney General James.

Attorney General James has been at the forefront of protecting access to reproductive health care, including medication abortion. In April, she led a coalition of 24 attorneys general in submitting an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, urging them to temporarily block the lower court ruling that restricted medication abortion access.

This brief followed a previous one submitted in February to the U.S. District Court, challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of mifepristone. Last week, Attorney General James submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in support of maintaining FDA-approval for mifepristone.

In March, Attorney General James and Governor Hochul sent a letter to the CEOs of Walgreens, Rite Aid, and CVS, and demanded answers about their plans to make mifepristone available in New York state. Following the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe v. Wade, Attorney General James established a pro bono legal hotline to provide legal support to patients and health care providers across the nation.

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