The US Government appeals the court order against the abortion pill

The United States Department of Justice filed an appeal Monday against the order of a federal judge in Texas that seeks to stop the commercialization of the abortion pill mifepristone throughout the country.

The Administration of President Joe Biden asked the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District, based in New Orleans (Louisiana), to stop the decision "extraordinary and unprecedented" of the judge against the medication to abort.

In the appeal, he defended that mifepristone is "safe and effective treatment"endorsed by the scientific community for decades.

The case began last Friday when Texas federal judge Matthew Kacsmaryk ordered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to withdraw the health authorization for mifepristone, in force since 2000.

In the ruling, the judge alleges that the FDA violated due process in approving mifepristone without regard to the "negative impact" of the drug in health.

Kacsmaryk, nominated by former Republican President Donald Trump (2017-2021), gave a week’s deadline for the order to come into force so that the government of Democrat Joe Biden has time to appeal it.

The vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris, who has championed the cause of reproductive rights in the Government, said on Friday that the judicial decision sets a "dangerous precedent".

For his part, the Secretary of Health, Xavier Becerra, promised on Sunday that the Government will "everything possible" to keep the pill available in the country, and he did not rule out the possibility that the FDA would ignore the court order.

The United States has been experiencing a political and judicial battle over abortion since the Supreme Court, with a conservative majority, struck down the constitutional right to abortion last June, after which dozens of states governed by Republicans have restricted this practice.

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According to the Guttmacher Institute, 54% of pregnancy terminations in the United States in 2022 were with abortion pills like mifepristone or misoprostol.

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