Texas judge part of GOP effort to ban abortion: Senator Baldwin
Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Says Texas judge who decided to suspend longstanding FDA approval of mifepristone, a key abortion pill, ‘isn’t guided by science’ and is part of a “Republican effort to ban abortion nationwide” in an exclusive interview that aired on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
“What we have in Texas is a judge who is not guided by science, but who is part of an extreme Republican concerted effort to ban abortion nationwide,” said Baldwin, who led dozens of members last month to introduce federal legislation that would guarantee abortion access in response to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.
“And we don’t need judges or politicians or the government to tell women what kind of health care they can get. This is an issue that’s not just playing out in court in Texas, but in the courtroom. state of Florida, with the governor signing a nearly six-week ban, Idaho banning minors from traveling out of state, Wisconsin where we’re literally back to 1849,” she added. “This is the date our criminal ban on abortion was enacted and it is 174 years ago.”
Baldwin said there should be no “challenge to the scientific process” of the FDA and that it “will continue to fight” to pass legislation codifying Roe, which guaranteed a constitutional right to abortion.
“We will continue to fight to pass my Women’s Health Protection Act, which would restore Roe v. Wade as the law of the land in federal law, but also tell states they cannot limit and restrict that right, as states like Wisconsin, Texas, and now Florida, Idaho and many others have done,” Baldwin added.
Last month, 47 members of the Senate Democratic caucus, led by Baldwin and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., introduced the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2023, which would protect access to abortion nationwide and would “restore the right to full reproductive health”. care for millions of Americans.
Democratic senators echoed Baldwin’s criticism of the decision on other Sunday schedules, calling it “unbelievable” and “outrageous.”
“What’s it going to be next?” Won’t this judge like birth control pills? Are we going to have a judge who doesn’t like Lipitor? said Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota on ABC News’ “This Week,” referring to a prescription drug used to treat high cholesterol.
“There’s a reason Congress gave the FDA the authority to make these safety decisions,” she added.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York condemned the decision as an “outrage” and an attack on privacy rights in a CNN “State of the Union” interview.
“So taking away the right to have drugs is an extension of taking away that right to privacy, saying we can’t have doctors mailing drugs to people across the country, c It’s further encroaching on that right to privacy, where the court and the government have a right to know what’s in your mail, who you’re talking to, and what communications you have,” Gillibrand said. “It is a scandal.”
Some Republicans on Sunday programs expressed skepticism of the decision but did not outright denounce it. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., dismissed concerns that it would overturn FDA authority and have broader implications for other drugs as “utterly alarmist” in an interview on “Meet the Press.”
Kacsmaryk issued the decision that gave abortion opponents a landslide victory earlier this month and gave the government a week to appeal its decision. If the ruling eventually takes effect, it would reduce access to the standard medical abortion regimen nationwide.
On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked Kacsmaryk’s ruling that prevents patients from getting mifepristone by mail. The decision means that, at least for now, women can still get mifepristone by mail as the legal battle continues.
The Justice Department and Danco Laboratories, which manufactures the branded version of mifepristone, Mifeprex, had asked the court to intervene immediately.
In a brief order, Judge Samuel Alito said the suspension would remain in effect until midnight Wednesday. The temporary suspension gives judges time to think about next steps.
Baldwin, who is currently in his second term, announced his candidacy for re-election in 2024 as a Democrat last week.
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