June 13, 2024

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Supreme Court Known for Overturning Roe v. Wade Blocks Far Right Effort to Restrict Access to Safe and Common Drug Used for Medication Abortion

Washington, DC—Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) President and CEO Dr. Jamila K. Taylor today released the following statement after the Supreme Court blocked efforts by far-right groups to curtail access to mifepristone, a commonly used drug for medication abortion. The decision upholds efforts by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand access through authorized telehealth visits for women and their doctors and the ability to receive prescriptions through the mail.

“We always knew the far right would come for medication abortion after the end of Roe v. Wade. They were never going to be satisfied with merely overturning women’s reproductive rights; attacking access to reproductive health services was always on the agenda as well. Today, facts and evidence prevailed as a Supreme Court known for aggressively curtailing women’s reproductive rights instead blocked the efforts of these groups to further restrict women’s reproductive freedom.

“Mifepristone has been widely studied and proven safer than many over-the-counter medications and other common prescription drugs. More than four million women have used it safely, and it accounts for over half of all abortions in the US. The far-right effort to block access to mifepristone is not about women’s safety—it is about controlling women’s choices and curtailing their freedoms. It is part of a broader crusade to impose their own ideology on women in this country and prevent them from making their own reproductive health care decisions. Today, we celebrate this decision, but we must remain vigilant against such attacks.”

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