Late last week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) imposed a temporary stay of Mifepristone restrictions made by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to severely restrict access to the abortion pill, mifepristone. The administrative stay is in effect through April 19. the restrictions were set to take effect Saturday morning April 14.
The decision comes after the Department of Justice appealed the case asking the Supreme Court to intervene Thursday evening. In response to the announcement, Rachel O’Leary Carmona, Executive Director at Women’s March, issued the following statement:
“Had the Supreme Court refused to act today, the restrictions imposed by the 5th circuit would have taken effect across the nation. This stay is the bare minimum. The imminent threat to access to mifepristone and abortion care remains.
“Let’s be clear – the only reason this case even exists right now is because Republicans, led by Sen. Mitch McConnell hijacked our courts, filled the benches with partisan extremists, and perverted our system of justice with entirely illegitimate legal claims.
“Mifepristone has been safe and effective and proven that way for more than 20 years. There is no doubt about the FDA’s authority to regulate it, or that the drug helps save lives.
“This case should be a clarion call to defenders of democracy to take action. If we don’t act now, our courts and democracy itself will be eroded beyond repair … Together, we can protect the right to safe, legal abortion care and ensure that everyone has the freedom to make decisions about their own bodies and lives.”
The organization known as Women’s March had organized a national day of action on Saturday in support of abortion rights, and in protest of what they referred to as “the GOP’s hijacking of the judiciary system to impose an extremist agenda on all Americans”.