As RedState wrote on Friday evening, the Supreme Court placed a stay on the Texas federal court judge’s ruling in early April about the abortion medication pill known as mifepristone. The decision had been delayed by a full week, so that the Justices could review the case and weigh in on it.
The Democrats and their allies in the abortion business couldn’t be rejoicing louder over the temporary move, which keeps restrictions on the distribution of the drug from taking effect in states across the country. Those changes would have included requiring women to see a doctor in person before receiving the pills, and banning the ability for someone to order them by mail.
The two dissenting Justices in the matter were Alito and Thomas, who rightly point out that over 16 years both Democrat and Republican presidents — “under three presidential administrations”.– “defended” the previous rules on the pills:
Thomas and Alito said they would have denied the Biden administration’s request and allowed the restrictions on the drug to take effect.
That action “would not remove mifepristone from the market,” Alito wrote in a dissent from the court’s decision. “It would simply restore the circumstances that existed (and that the government defended) from 2000 to 2016 under three presidential administrations,” Alito wrote.
Thomas did not explain his views.
But here is where we are as a nation. The unfettered access to abortion is a religious tenet of the modern Democrat Party, which voters should keep in mind when they pull the lever in 2024. It’s a stance that’s widely out of step with the majority of Americans.
As my colleague at sister site Hot Air, Karen Townsend, reminds us — in a piece earlier on Saturday — this Administration has, in Biden, “the most abortion-friendly president the United States has ever had,” noting he “wasted no time issuing a statement.”
Here’s what Biden, America’s great unifier, had to say about the urgent need to have zero restrictions on the abortion pills:
“As a result of the Supreme Court’s stay, mifepristone remains available and approved for safe and effective use while we continue this fight in the courts,” Biden said in a statement Friday evening. “I continue to stand by FDA’s evidence-based approval of mifepristone, and my administration will continue to defend FDA’s independent, expert authority to review, approve, and regulate a wide range of prescription drugs.”
As the president’s statement hinted, the legal fight didn’t end with what SCOTUS did Friday; they sent it back to lower courts, specifically the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Townsend writes that the next step should happen during oral arguments in mid-May:
Nothing changes now while we wait for the case to go back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals where it is scheduled for oral arguments on May 17. Then, when the appeals court rules on the merits of the case, that ruling will likely be appealed to the Supreme Court.
We’ll see where this goes from here.