REMINDER: Medication Abortion Is STILL Under Attack Nationwide by Trump and MAGA Republicans

In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, DNC National Press Secretary Emilia Rowland released the following statement: 

“The Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling that the MAGA extremists who sued the FDA in an attempt to ban medication abortion nationwide lacked standing does not change the dire stakes of this election for reproductive freedom. It does not change the fact that because of Trump, millions of women in states across the country cannot access the health care they need. It does not change the fact that Trump bragged about overturning Roe and thinks women suffering extreme physical, mental, and emotional harm because they can’t access reproductive health care is a ‘beautiful thing to watch.’ And it does not change the fact that if elected, Trump and his allies want to effectively ban abortion nationwide with or without the help of Congress and the courts. This lawsuit was just one part of Republicans’ relentless efforts to ban abortion in all 50 states and rip away access to reproductive health care — from safe treatment of miscarriages to IVF and birth control. The only way to stop the MAGA movement’s attacks on our freedoms is to turn out the vote in November to win Democratic majorities in Congress and reelect President Biden and Vice President Harris — who will never stop fighting to guarantee women in every state have access to the care they need.”

Louisiana governor Jeff Landry signed into law a bill that criminalizes possession of mifepristone and misoprostol — the first of its kind in the country. This ruling does nothing to protect Louisiana women from this ban.

Associated Press: “Louisiana governor signs bill making two abortion drugs controlled dangerous substances”

“First-of-its-kind legislation that classifies two abortion-inducing drugs as controlled and dangerous substances was signed into law Friday by Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry. The Republican governor announced his signing of the bill in Baton Rouge a day after it gained final legislative passage in the state Senate. The measure affects the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol, which are used in medication abortions, the most common method of abortion in the U.S.”

CNN: “Louisiana Republican Gov. Jeff Landry signed a bill Friday classifying the abortion-inducing drugs misoprostol and mifepristone as Schedule IV controlled dangerous substances, a first-of-its-kind law that places them in the same category as narcotics and depressants.”

The Atlantic: “Abortion pills in Louisiana are now in the same category as drugs such as opioids and Xanax—medicines that are thought to be at risk of abuse—even though the medical community and the FDA widely consider mifepristone and misoprostol to be safe.”

“Mifepristone and misoprostol have routine medical uses, such as inducing childbirth, stopping postpartum hemorrhages, and treating miscarriages. Under the new law, doctors must have a specific license to prescribe the drugs, and the pills would need to be stored in special facilities that rural clinics may find difficult to access. Experts predict that confusion about the law and fear of prosecution will have a chilling effect on patients and health-care providers.”

Trump and anti-abortion extremists won’t stop with banning and criminalizing abortion — they are coming for every aspect of women’s reproductive health care and even opening the door to the death penalty for abortion patients. 

HuffPost: “Texas GOP Appears to Put Death Penalty for Abortion Patients on 2024 Wishlist”

Trump: “For 54 years they were trying to get Roe v. Wade terminated, and I did it, and I’m proud to have done it. … Nobody else was going to get that done but me, and we did it, and we did something that was a miracle.”

Trump: “After 50 years of failure, with nobody coming even close, I was able to kill Roe v. Wade, much to the ‘shock’ of everyone … Without me there would be no 6 weeks, 10 weeks, 15 weeks, or whatever is finally agreed to. Without me the pro Life movement would have just kept losing. Thank you President TRUMP!!!”

Rolling Stone: “Trump Claims Credit for All Abortion Bans”

Business Insider: “Trump boasts he’s ‘proud’ about his role in overturning Roe v. Wade, the issue that has become ballot-box poison for Republicans”

Rolling Stone: “Trump Says He’s ‘Proud’ to Have ‘Terminated’ Abortion Rights”

Trump: “I’m the one that got rid of Roe v. Wade, and everybody said that was an impossible thing to do. I put on three Supreme Court justices. Very few people have had that privilege or honor.”

Trump: “Getting rid of Roe v. Wade was an incredible thing for pro-life because it gave pro-life something to negotiate with. Pro-life had absolutely nothing, being stuck in Roe v. Wade, to negotiate with. … And look, everybody that was president wanted to get rid and tried to get rid of Roe v. Wade … For fifty years, this has been going on. I was able to do it, and I was very honored to do it.”

Rolling Stone: “Inside the MAGA Plan to Attack Birth Control, Surveil Women and Ban the Abortion Pill”

“The attacks on mifepristone and resurrection of Comstock stand out as particularly harmful proposals, but they are only two of the dozens of ways the Republicans behind Project 2025 envision restricting access to abortion and contraception if they win the White House next year. Elsewhere in the document, there are proposals to eliminate the morning-after pill from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate under the rationale that it is a ‘potential abortifacient.’”

Interviewer: “Do you support any restrictions on a person’s right to contraception?

Trump: “We’re looking at that, and I’m going to have a policy on that very shortly and I think it’s something that you’ll find interesting.”

Interviewer: “That suggests that you may want to support some restrictions? Like the morning after pill?

Trump: “You know, things really do have a lot to do with the states. And some states are going to have different policies than others.”

Meanwhile, President Biden and Vice President Harris are defending reproductive freedom at every turn. 

ABC News: “The Biden administration announced new steps Monday to expand access to contraception, abortion medication and emergency abortion care at hospitals on what would have been the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade.”

NBC News: “Biden administration announces new abortion initiatives on Roe anniversary”

Washington Post: “Biden administration moves to shield patients’ abortion records from GOP threats”

Democrats are leading the charge to restore and protect reproductive freedom. 

New York Times: “Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader, plans next month to fast-track a Senate vote on a bill to protect access to contraception nationwide, the start of an election-year push to highlight Republicans’ record of opposing reproductive rights that voters view as at risk of being stripped away.”

The 19th: “Democrats in Congress run full-court press on reproductive rights ahead of Dobbs anniversary” 

NBC: “State Democrats are leading on abortion policy. D.C. Democrats don’t want to get left behind.”

ABC News: “The Senate filibuster is a hurdle to any national abortion bill. Democrats are campaigning on it”

Axios: “Scoop: Senate Democrats plot reproductive-rights blitz”