A federal judge in Texas (USA) issued a ruling on Friday revoking the nationwide approval of the abortion pill mifespristone.
Federal Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk today ordered that the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the drug in 2000 be rescinded.
The ruling, however, gives the legal representatives of the Joe Biden government a period of one week to appeal the decision.
In the court text, the judge alleges that the FDA violated due process in approving mifepristone and failed to take into account the drug’s “negative impact” on the health of people who take it.
“The FDA completely failed to address an important aspect of the problem by omitting any evaluation of the drug’s psychological effects or an evaluation of the drug’s long-term medical consequences,” Judge Kacsmaryk wrote in the document.
The FDA gave mifepristone its approval as an abortion method in 2000. Along with misoprostol, the two drugs are known as the “abortion pill,” or medical abortion.
Since the US Supreme Court reversed the Roe v. Wade, who protected abortion access nationwide in June of last year, the use of these two pills has increased, according to data from the Guttmacher Institute.
According to the report of this organization, medical abortions corresponded in 2022 to 54% of all abortions in the country.