Apr 8, 2023

A Texas judge just issued a national ruling against medication abortion. What now?

A decision in a highly anticipated federal court case was issued Friday night: A district judge in Texas, with longstanding and outspoken anti-abortion views, suspended the US Food and Drug Administration’s approval of mifepristone, a widely used drug to end pregnancies.

But the judge, Matthew Kacsmaryk of the Northern District of Texas, ordered that his decision would not take effect for seven days to allow the federal government time to appeal his decision. Within hours, both the US Justice Department and Danco Laboratories, a manufacturer of mifepristone, announced their plans to challenge the ruling.

For now, access to the drug remains unchanged.