Court Rules Against FDA on Abortion Drug

In a victory for human rights, ruling tightens restrictions and makes mail-order abortions illegal.


John Stonestreet

Jared Hayden

Last month, the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found that the FDA wrongfully removed critical restrictions around access to chemical abortion. In 2021, the Biden administration decided to make mifepristone, the first of two drugs used to terminate pregnancies, permanently available via mail. Moreover, it eliminated the requirement for a doctor’s visit.  

According to the 5th Circuit, the FDA policy violates longstanding federal law, and the FDA must discontinue mail-order abortion.  

Even more shocking, the FDA removed these restrictions in spite of serious concerns about the drug’s adverse effects. Such effects have been well known since before the drug’s approval in 2000. Yet the FDA, rather than creating more safeguards around the drug, decided to make it widely available without requiring so much as one in-person doctor’s visit. 

The court’s ruling is a victory for human rights and upholds what Christians have long preached: that the lives of both unborn children and women have irrevocable, God-given value. 


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