The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Erin Hawley regarding an emergency motion the U.S. Department of Justice filed Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit that asks the appeals court to stay a federal district court’s ruling that protects the health and safety of women and girls by halting the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of chemical abortion drugs while the lawsuit proceeds:
“By illegally approving dangerous chemical abortion drugs, and imposing its mail-order abortion regime, the FDA put women in harm’s way, and the agency should be held accountable for its reckless actions. Pregnancy is not an illness, and chemical abortion drugs don’t provide a therapeutic benefit—they can cause serious and life-threatening complications to the mother, in addition to ending a baby’s life. The district court’s ruling last week was a significant victory for the doctors and medical associations we represent and, more importantly, the health and safety of women and girls. ADF remains committed to their protection.”
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Amarillo Division, issued its ruling Friday in the case, Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In it, the court allowed the Biden administration seven days to seek review from appellate courts. Danco Laboratories, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures chemical abortion drugs, also filed an emergency motion to stay at the 5th Circuit Monday.
ADF attorneys representing the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Pediatricians, the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, and doctors Shaun Jester, Regina Frost-Clark, Tyler Johnson, and George Delgado filed suit against the FDA in November 2022.