Texas Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointee and opponent of abortion, has directed the FDA to stop the approval of mifepristone, an abortion pill that has been used safely by many Americans since 2000.
The ruling comes as a lawsuit challenging its safety winds its way through the courts. The Biden Justice Department has appealed the decision, and there are serious questions about the court’s ability to make such decisions and how it could impact the ability of regulatory agencies to make well-grounded decisions.
The ruling has been met with criticism from the Left, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who suggested ignoring the ruling. This is a dangerous position that undermines the rule of law.
Regardless of your views on abortion, there are proper legal channels to challenge court rulings, whether through appeals or working to elect politicians who share your values.
The issue is headed for the highest court, and there are concerns about the authority of federal district judges to issue nationwide injunctions, which only encourage forum shopping.
The stakes are high, as the availability of mifepristone has expanded access to abortion, but turning a blind eye to controversial court rulings only makes things far worse. It’s important to follow the proper legal channels and work within the system to challenge rulings with which you disagree.