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Trump appointed judge hears case that could ban abortion pill

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss a court decision that could reverse FDA approval of mifepristone, one of two drugs used in over half of abortions. By 2021, over half of abortions in the US were medication abortions.

Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointed conservative judge with deep anti-abortion views, is hearing the case this morning in Amarillo, Texas.

A coalition led by the Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-abortion group, filed the lawsuit challenging the FDA's two decades old approval of mifepristone, despite documented evidence that it is a safe and effective method of pregnancy termination.

Some legal scholars argue that Judge Kacsmaryk does not have the authority to force the FDA to withdraw approval of the drug.


Rachel Rebouché, Dean and Professor of Law at Temple University, and co-author of the legal article, The New Abortion Battleground

Web Resources:

The Guardian: Texas judge hears case brought by far-right groups seeking to ban abortion pill

The Texas Tribune: Federal judge at center of FDA abortion drug case has history with conservative causes

Ms.: The Same Dark Money Groups That Helped Overturn Roe Are Also Behind Attacks on Abortion Pill

Slate: Actually, One Texas Judge Is Not the Final Decision-Maker on Medication Abortion

The Washington Post: After unusual delay, Texas judge announces abortion-pill hearing

The Washington Post: Can I get a medication abortion? How a Texas lawsuit could change access

Slate: The Litigants Trying to Ban the Abortion Pill Have Some Truly Wild Legal Claims

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.
Bee Soll is a producer with Your Call at KALW, and a producer, writer, and editor at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. She is a former reporter for Crosscurrents and contributor at KPFA Radio.