FDA’s position on abortion pill in hands of Texas judge

 By Diana Chandler - Posted at Baptist Press:

AMARILLO, Texas (BP) — Pro-life advocates and others are awaiting a Texas judge’s ruling on whether an abortion pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 should be prescribed to women.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing Christian and pro-life medical professionals and advocates urging a federal district judge to issue an injunction suspending or revoking Mifepristone while a court challenge to the pill’s safety proceeds.

In the unprecedented challenge to the FDA approval process, the groups contend the FDA illegally approved Mifepristone in 2000 and charge that the drug is not safe for use.

The awaited ruling could impact the long-held FDA approval process used in vetting all drugs prescribed in the U.S., according to legal experts. It could also halt the method used for 53 percent of all abortions in U.S. facilities in 2020, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Southern Baptist ethicists support the court challenge that could suspend the use of the abortion pill nationwide, including those where abortion is still legal post-Roe v. Wade.