This week, the Supreme Court is reviewing a lower court ruling that limited access to the abortion drug mifepristone. A decision could soon be reached, as abortion rights rallies took place over the weekend, with Vice President Kamala Harris attending one in Los Angeles. The protests followed a Texas judge’s suspension of the FDA’s approval of mifepristone, which has been in place for decades.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito extended a lower court’s stay on the ruling, giving the justices time to thoroughly examine the issue. Opinions remain divided, with Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy advocating for states’ rights to determine their own abortion laws, while Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin emphasizes the ongoing significance of the abortion issue in politics.
A CBS News poll indicates that nearly 70% of Americans want the drug to remain available in states where abortion is legal, including almost half of Republicans.
Justice Alito has given anti-abortion medical associations and physicians challenging the FDA’s approval of mifepristone until noon Tuesday to respond. The temporary stay will last until Wednesday night.
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