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Blumenthal Statement on Supreme Court Decision Allowing Continued Access to Mifepristone

[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released the following statement after the Supreme Court temporarily halted restrictions imposed by lower courts on access to mifepristone – a commonly used drug approved by the FDA more than twenty years ago for miscarriage management and abortion care:

We can exhale for now—access to medication abortion remains legal, but the danger to women’s health care is unabated. It’s a relief from a Sword of Damocles that hangs over women seeking reproductive care in America.

This temporary reprieve does not reverse the monstrous, misguided District Court decision that overrules two decades of medical experts’ findings that mifepristone is safe and effective.

We must continue this fight with undiminished resolve. Tonight, the Supreme Court issued no ruling on the merits of these highly destructive decisions. There is no hint on what the Court’s final opinion may be. It simply preserves the status quo while litigation continues.

Make no mistake, the suspense around this decision shows how compromised and diminished the Court has become in protecting basic rights.