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Utah’s Attorney General calls for Supreme Court to restrict access to an abortion pill

Mar 5, 2024, 6:30 PM | Updated: 9:52 pm

Bottles of abortion pills mifepristone, left, and misoprostol,...

FILE - Bottles of abortion pills mifepristone, left, and misoprostol, right, are shown, Sept. 22, 2010, at a clinic in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has filed a Supreme Court brief calling for a rollback of nationwide abortion pill access.

This is just one of a number of briefs surrounding the Supreme Court’s upcoming case on the abortion drug, Mifepristone. It is half of the drug-induced abortion treatment, which also involves the drug Misoprostol, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious freedom advocacy group, brought the lawsuit and is representing several anti-abortion organizations.

The lawsuit argues that the FDA made changes to abortion medication access that overstep its bounds. Those include increasing the number of weeks a mother can use the drug from seven to 10 and allowing doctors to mail the drug to a patient following a telehealth appointment.

Reyes cosigned this friend-of-the-court brief with 21 other Attorneys General. They argue that federal agencies like the FDA inherently threaten the U.S. Constitution’s balance of powers, plus the ability of states to set their own rules.

In this case, they argue the court should challenge the agency’s ability to act on abortion pill access.

This follows a previous Supreme Court ruling that kept Mifepristone on pharmacy shelves last year. Oral arguments in the case begin on March 26.

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Utah’s Attorney General calls for Supreme Court to restrict access to an abortion pill