The parties’ arguments will be heard in federal court in Amarillo, North Texas. The ultra-conservative magistrate Matthew Kacsmaryk, who was a lawyer for a Christian organization before being appointed federal judge by former Republican President Donald Trump, will then be able to render his decision at any time in this case.
In November, a coalition of doctors and anti-abortion groups filed a lawsuit against the US Medicines Agency. They accuse him of having authorized 23 years ago mifepristone (RU 486), one of the two pills used for medical termination of pregnancy.
According to them, this chemical would be likely to create complications. The FDA would have chosen “politics rather than science” and would have “exceeded its prerogatives”. Pending the examination of the substantive arguments, the opponents are asking Judge Kacsmaryk to immediately suspend the authorization of mifepristone throughout the United States. However, since the year 2000, more than 5.6 million women have used this pill in the United States, and a tiny proportion (less than 1,500) have subsequently had complications without a link being established, according to the FDA.