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Fri Apr 21 2023 (Updated 05/25/23)
Abortion Medication Safe For Now, But Perhaps Not for Long
Protests Continue Despite US Supreme Court Allowing Access to Abortion Pill Temporarily
In an wildly unprecedented ruling on April 7, Trump-appointed federal judge Matthew Kascmaryk in Amarillo, Texas, ordered the FDA to withdraw its decades-old approval of mifepristone nationwide, the first time a judge has ever attempted to overrule the FDA. Mifepristone is used in more than 50% of abortions in this country. The drug is also used for management of miscarriages. Saying no one should sit back and wait to see what happens next, abortion rights and reproductive justice activists called for actions on April 10. Demonstrations were held in three Bay Area cities: San Francisco, Berkeley, and San Jose.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals then scaled back the Kascmaryk ban on April 13, but issued new restrictions on mifepristone, reducing the number of weeks into a pregnancy it could be used and forbidding its shipment by mail. On April 15, a national day of action, demonstrators in Scottsdale, Arizona, protested in front of the headquarters of Alliance Defending Freedom, the right-wing lawers designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center that filed the lawsuit in Amarillo. Locally, protests were held in Sacramento, Half Moon Bay, Mountain View, Santa Cruz, Oakland, and other cities.

On April 21, the U.S. Supreme Court extended the stay against any mifepristone bans or restrictions, sending the issue back to the Fifth Circuit for further deliberations. While this is seen as at least a temporary victory, defenders of reproductive justice rights say that extremists will continue try to ban abortion at the federal level and the fight is far from over.

April 22:
event SCOTUS decision is NOT the one we Needed! Hit the Streets!

April 21:
article In Shadow Docket Decision, Supreme Court Refuses to Rule on Mifepristone Ban

April 15:
photo Alliance Defending Freedom is a Hate Group | photo Protesters in Mountain View Say Abortion Pill is Safer than Viagra | photo It's About More than Mifepristone | video Song: The Abortion Pill Mifepristone-You Can't Stop It!

April 10:
photo Three Same Day Protests in SF Bay Area in Reaction to Ruling on Abortion Bill | video Emergency Rally: Hands Off Abortion Pill | photo The abortion pill must not be banned! | photo Emergency Protest: Hands Off the Abortion Pill Now!

Event Announcements:
event Abortion Rights: Nationwide Protests to Demand & Defend Abortion Pill Access | event Call to Action: Protect Medication Abortion Access - Virtual Rally & Teach-In | event Oakland Mife Rally | event Half Moon Bay: #AbortionRights Rally - We Won't Go Back! | event Monterey: Bigger Than Roe! Protest Against Ruling to Ban Abortion Pill | event Sacramento: Rage Revival - More than Mifepristone March & Rally for Abortion Rights | event Santa Cruz: Protest March to Fight For Abortion Access | event Mountain View: Protest Judicial Ban of Abortion Pill | event Protest Illegitimate Banning of the Abortion Pill | event Protest the federal ban on abortion medication!

Related Feature:
Renewed Sense of Urgency Driving Reproductive Rights Actions
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