April 07, 2023

Duckworth Reaction to Court Decision Blocking Access to Federally Approved Medication that Millions of Americans Rely On


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) reacted today to a federal judge in Texas deciding to block access to mifepristone—a medication that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided was safe and effective more than 20 years ago: 

“Mifepristone was approved by the FDA 20 years ago after a rigorous scientific and legal process, but access to this critical medication that millions of Americans rely on was stripped away with a stroke of a pen by a single person who was handpicked by Republican extremists dead-set on a nationwide abortion ban. 

“If one judge in Texas can make a political decision that takes this off the shelves, what’s to stop another judge somewhere else from doing the same thing to insulin or any other prescription drug?

“I’m glad the Biden Administration is already appealing this horrific ruling, because women across the nation deserve full access to the medication and healthcare that they need, when they need it. Full stop."