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What is the abortion pill case at the Supreme Court?

On March 19, 2024, the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute released research claiming that the number of children killed in U.S. abortions rose to more than one million in 2023. At 1,026,690, the purported number of abortions in America is higher now than it has been in more than a decade.* And all this in spite of the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade in June, 2022.

And 63 percent of those deaths – nearly 650,000 – were carried out using the drug mifepristone, a.k.a the abortion pill.

The abortion pill is everywhere – including in pro-life states.

Quick background: The abortion pill, mifepristone, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the year 2000. Mifepristone carries a black box warning of “serious and sometimes fatal infections or bleeding” for the women who take it.

Despite its extreme risks for women and fatal effect on children, the FDA has again and again elected to remove safeguards around the abortion pill until ultimately, under the guise of abortion access during COVID, the FDA gave in fully to abortion industry pressure and removed virtually all regulations around the drug.

This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case brought by pro-life doctors. The case takes aim at the FDA’s reckless sanctioning of mail-order abortion pills. The case, U.S. Food and Drug Administration v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, will determine whether the FDA’s lax abortion pill rules are allowed to stand.

Under the FDA’s abortion regime today, mifepristone can be prescribed to a woman by an organization on any continent that does not know or care about her medical history and mailed to her – a violation of federal law – even into states where abortion is totally banned. She receives no medical care from the prescribing organization before, during or after the abortion. And she is left all alone to undergo her abortion without information about potential complications or help from a doctor when complications arise.

And now, the largest U.S. pharmacy chains have vowed to transform their retail pharmacies into thousands of new abortion facilities by selling mifepristone.

This FDA regime is both reckless and deadly.

Our colleagues at Human Coalition see firsthand the damage chemical abortion inflicts on women and babies. They served around 35,000 pregnant women last year. Some clients who went on to take mifepristone reported being uninformed or misinformed about what would happen.

Sex abusers, traffickers, and deadbeats use the abortion pill to force abortions on their victims.

Abusers and human traffickers are predictably taking advantage of mail-order abortion by smuggling these deadly drugs. Anyone with an internet connection can get a hold of abortion pills.

Abusers can slip them into a pregnant partner’s drink without her knowledge.

Rapists can destroy evidence of their crimes with the forced use of abortion pills.

Traffickers and pimps can keep victims churning out a profit using abortion pills to ensure a pregnancy is never carried to term.

Abusers spike their partners’ water, drinks, pancakes, and smoothies with abortion pills, or force women to take the drugs at gunpoint.

Despite being told of these events playing out in the real world, the FDA turns a blind eye on victims and chooses easy abortion pill access every time.

We have achieved victories as a pro-life movement. In a crucial step forward, Roe v. Wade was sent to the ash heap of history! Now, our movement has been called to the new frontier of the abortion wars: Fighting to eradicate the abortion pill.

*Because the U.S. has failed to institute any national abortion reporting requirements, Americans only have access to data published by pro-abortion research institutions and the limited number of states that voluntarily report to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).