In the wake of last year’s decision of the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade, many American states have now begun to roll back on the US’ previous extreme abortion policy. On 7 April, a Texas court ruled in favour of removing federal approval for mifepristone, one of the pills used to facilitate an abortion. Mifepristone is used in combination with misoprostol to cause an abortion.
Judge Kacsmaryk acknowledged how for over twenty years the US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) had ‘stonewalled judicial review – until now.’ The judgement has been widely welcomed by pro-life groups across the United States. It clearly demonstrates that abortion pills are not a form of legitimate ‘healthcare’ but have the effect of ending an unborn human life. Moreover, concerns and risks associated with mifepristone on the physical health of the woman can now be more openly addressed and highlighted.
The Biden Administration has spoken strongly against the ruling and has announced it will fight it. Even the mainstream media has acknowledged this is a ‘victory’ for the pro-life movement and will have an impact on other neighbouring states. As President Biden is now in Ireland as part of an official visit to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, it is worth Irish pro-life citizens remembering his disastrous record on this important issue in the United States and internationally.