HHS Sec Becerra: Ignoring Judge Abortion Drug Ruling Possible

HHS Sec Becerra: Ignoring Judge Abortion Drug Ruling Possible

April 10, 2023

Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said that ignoring a federal judge in Texas halted the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the abortion drug mifepristone was “on the table.”

Anchor Dana Bash said, “So yes or no, as the HHS secretary, do you want the FDA to enforce the Texas ruling if it is upheld? In the short term, yes or no?”

Becerra replied, “We want the courts to overturn this reckless decision. We want yes, that women continue to have access to a drug that’s proven itself safe. Millions of women have used this drug around the world.”

Bash said, “But what if they don’t act in the interim before you get to that point?”

Becerra said, “I have to believe that an appeals court, the Supreme Court, whatever court has to understand that this ruling by this one judge overturns not just access to mifepristone, but possibly any number of drugs.”

Bash said, “Are you taking it off the table that you will recommend the FDA ignore a ban?”

Becerra said, “Everything is on the table. The president said that way back when the Dobbs decision came out every option is on the table.”

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