FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a Trump-appointed federal judge in Texas attempted to block access to mifepristone, the first of a two-part series of drugs used in medication abortion, by ruling to overturn the FDA’s approval of the drug in seven days. Mifepristone—the most commonly used method of abortion—has been approved by the FDA as safe and effective for more than 20 years, with a safety record of over 99%. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement in response to this decision:
“Enough is Enough. This unjust decision is yet another example of Republicans playing politics with our bodies and lives, and we will not stand for it. At EMILYs List, we refuse to wait around while Republicans use the courts to sidestep the will of the American people and decimate abortion care across the country. Twenty years of data has proven the safety of mifepristone, yet this decision—which will significantly impact access—ignored all science and medicine in a last-ditch effort to control our private health care decisions. The Republican Party is in a race to the bottom to ban abortion nationwide, and we will not let them get away with this. EMILYs List is working overtime to replace Republicans up and down the ballot with Democratic pro-choice women who are committed to protecting our reproductive freedoms no matter what.”
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