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WASHINGTON D.C. — This evening, the Supreme Court of the United States granted the stay requested by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Danco in Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine et al v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration et al. allowing mifepristone’s FDA approval to remain unchanged as the case proceeds through the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. This means mifepristone will remain accessible and on the market while the Fifth Circuit hears DOJ and Danco’s appeal as well as any appeal to the Supreme Court.

Statement from Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Alexis McGill Johnson: 

“We are relieved that access to mifepristone will remain protected while this meritless case proceeds. We can take a breath, but we are not losing our vigilance. Anti-abortion politicians and their allies will not stop until abortion is banned nationwide. Medication abortion is very much still under threat — as is abortion and access to other sexual and reproductive health care. 

“While mifepristone’s approval remains intact and it stays on the market for now, patients and health care providers shouldn’t be at the mercy of the court system. Planned Parenthood will continue to fight so that everyone can make their own decisions about their bodies, lives, and futures.”


Read Planned Parenthood’s statements on this case:

  • District court decision blocking the FDA’s approval of mifepristone here
  • Fifth Circuit’s opinion here
  • Department of Justice seeking a stay from the Supreme Court here
  • Supreme Court stay here


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