Michigan Dems Chair Reacts to SCOTUS Arguments on Mifepristone

LANSING — Today, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, which seeks to ban access to mifepristone, a pill used in medication abortions. Following the arguments, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party Lavora Barnes released the following statement:

“We cannot ignore the fact that this case will have a sweeping impact across the country, including here in Michigan. The overarching goal of the Trump allies and anti-abortion extremists bringing this case has always been to ban all forms of abortion care. There’s no sugarcoating it, a ban on mifepristone is the next step in chipping away at Michiganders’ health care, and this politically motivated case could strip women of their fundamental freedoms. 

“This court case is a direct threat to the reproductive freedoms Michigan Democrats worked to safeguard after Michiganders made their support for abortion access loud and clear, and we can’t lose sight of the national abortion ban Trump will enact if elected. Republicans are clearly desperate as Trump and his MAGA cronies relentlessly pursue an extreme, anti-abortion agenda at every turn. Don’t be fooled, we must elect Joe Biden this November so that we can defend abortion rights for Michiganders and ensure that coming generations have more freedoms, not fewer.”

In the past year, Michigan Dems did the work to protect providers and patients, including repealing restrictions on abortion to broaden access across the state. Michigan voters have made it overwhelmingly clear they support abortion rights, including approving the Right to Reproductive Freedom Initiative – Proposition 3 – in 2022. Unfortunately, Republicans elected at the federal level can still threaten all of our progress at the state level. This November will decide the fate of abortion access for years to come – we must re-elect President Biden to protect reproductive freedom from the constant stream of extreme anti-abortion attacks. 


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