Earlier this year a lawsuit was filed by a group of anti-abortion doctors, the Alliance of Hippocratic Medicine (AHM). This alliance describes themselves as a group that “upholds and prompts the fundamental principles of Hippocratic medicine,” which “includes protecting the vulnerable at the beginning and end of life.” They fought to force the FDA to ban the medication mifepristone, a drug which is approved by the FDA that ends abortions before 10 weeks, from the United states entirely. Let’s focus on where they say that they are “protecting the vulnerable at the beginning.” When they say “beginning” they mean the nine months that unborn babies spend in the womb. These people who want to ban abortion drugs will protect a life, until that life arrives into the world.
The AHM brought their feelings and findings on mifepristone to a judge in Texas, hoping to get the drug banned in the United States. Mifepristone is a progesterone blocker. Without progestogens, the human body can not support a pregnancy. Mifepristone is used alongside misoprostol to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Mifepristone has been on the market for over 20 years and has a safety record of over 99%. So, now that you know this information (useful information, one would imagine), let’s talk about Matthew Kacsmaryk, the Texas judge who was first presented with the notion of banning Mifepristone.
Matthew Kacsmaryk is a United States district judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern district of Texas. He was nominated to the position by former president Donald Trump in 2017 and was sworn in to the position in 2019. He sided with the Alliance of Hippocratic Medicine, suspending the approval of Mifepristone and ordering the FDA to ban the drug in the United States. The thing I find the most problematic about this is that a district judge, district, ordered the FDA, a federal agency to ban a drug that has proven successful for the last 20 years.
Today in America an unborn fetus has more protection than a 17 year old with a uterus in the United States.