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PHOENIX – This evening, a federal judge in Texas blocked the FDA’s approval of mifepristone, one of the two medications used in the most common abortion regimen in the United States. Mifepristone has been approved by the FDA for 22 years and is proven to be safe and effective for abortion care. The court delayed the effective date of its ruling for seven days, allowing for an emergency appeal. Unless the ruling takes effect, FDA approval of mifepristone remains in place and providers will be able to continue its use.
In response to today’s ruling, Planned Parenthood Arizona will continue to offer medication abortion using mifepristone as part of a two-drug regimen at its health centers and will monitor for any changes in the case that could impact abortion services.
Statement from Brittany Fonteno, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona
“Today’s ruling out of Texas attempting to ban mifepristone throughout the country is infuriating and unprecedented. But let me be clear, medication abortion remains safe and effective, and at this time it remains legal in Arizona.
Time and time again, anti-abortion politicians and judges have shown their true intent has always been to deny women and pregnant people their right to bodily autonomy. Now, extremists in Texas are attempting to dictate Arizonans’ ability to access health care.
While we thoroughly analyze this ruling, our health center doors remain open and we will continue to provide a full range of lawful sexual and reproductive health care, including medication abortion. We know the work is far from done and we have said it all along – we will not stop fighting for our patients and communities."