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NY’s Attorney General contributed arguments toward Supreme Court’s upholding access to abortion medicine

June 13, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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WASHINGTON D.C. AND ALBANY — WOMEN NEEDING MIFEPRISTONE can still get prescriptions for it now that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld access to the widely used abortion medication in a unanimous decision on Thursday, June 13, reports the Associated Press. In upholding the access, the justices reversed a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, which had threatened to restrict access to mifepristone nationwide, including in New York and other states where abortion remains legal.

New York Attorney General Letitia James contributed arguments in favor of the reversal, according to a statement from her office issued on Thursday. AG James led a coalition of 24 attorneys general in submitting an amicus brief that pointed out that the Fifth Circuit’s decision ignored decades of evidence and clinical research showing mifepristone as safe and effective. In March, she also led a coalition of 24 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief calling on the courts to uphold access to emergency abortion access. This decision marks the SCOTUS’ first decision regarding abortion since the conservative justices constituting the judicial body’s majority overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is separately considering another abortion case, centering on whether a federal law on emergency treatment at hospitals overrides state abortion bans in rare emergency cases in which a pregnant patient’s health is at serious risk.

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