February 3, 2023

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Lawsuits filed over U.S. state restrictions on abortion pills

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A maker of abortion pills and a doctor have filed lawsuits challenging state restrictions on the medication, in the first lawsuits of their kind since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the federal constitutional right to abortion.

In a complaint filed in federal court in Huntington, West Virginia, GenBioPro Inc said the state cannot override the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval from 2000 of mifepristone by banning the drug, the first in a two-drug regimen for medication abortions.

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The doctor, Amy Bryant, filed a separate lawsuit in the federal court in Durham, North Carolina, challenging state-imposed restrictions on obtaining mifepristone, which she said impeded her ability to treat patients.

Both lawsuits fuel a growing legal battle over medication abortion in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling eliminating the longstanding right to abortion established 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade, and…

Reuters

2023-01-25 12:26:12

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