New York Attorney General Letitia James is leading a multistate coalition against the decision of the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas that could restrict access to the abortion medication mifepristone.
James and 24 other attorneys general have filed an amicus brief with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals asking it to stay the decision by the Northern District of Texas court, pending appeal.
On April 7, Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk ordered the US Food and Drug Administration to stay its 23 year approval of the drug.
In a press release, James referred to the decision as “unprecedented and legally erroneous.”
“The decision to halt the FDA’s longstanding approval of mifepristone was clearly misguided and not based on science or medical research,” said Attorney General James. “Restricting access to a medication that has been proven safe over decades of research harms public health and rights of millions of Americans. So long as I am New York’s Attorney General, every effort to weaken and deny abortion access will be met with the full force of my office.”