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CBN News: Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down FDA's Decision to Allow Abortion Drug by Mail

This article was written by Steve Warren and Benjamin Gill and published by CBN News.

A federal appeals court has ruled that safeguards should be in place when it comes to a powerful drug that causes abortions.

Safety Measures Restored

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was wrong to remove safety measures for mifepristone. Most recently, the FDA had allowed mail-order access to the drug, but the court struck down that move.

"In loosening mifepristone's safety restrictions, FDA failed to address several important concerns about whether the drug would be safe for the women who use it," Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod wrote. She was joined by Judge Cory Wilson.

The court also restored other safety measures to protect women, saying mifepristone should only be allowed through the seventh week of pregnancy rather than the 10th, and it must be administered in the presence of a physician.

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