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Ohio Lawmakers Sign on to Stop Judge’s Ruling Halting FDA Approval of Mifepristone

A federal judge is trying to block women's access to an abortion medication

More than 200 members of Congress, including six Ohio lawmakers, are trying to prevent a federal judge's order to stop the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of an abortion drug from going into effect.

Ohio's Democratic U.S. Reps. Joyce Beatty, Emilia Sykes, Greg Landsman, Marcy Kaptur and Shontel Brown, along with Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OH, signed on to an amicus brief that was filed Tuesday asking the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal to stay the ruling that would prevent access to mifepristone, the first in a two-drug regimen to end a pregnancy through ten weeks gestation.

"The district court appears to have second-guessed FDA's scientific determinations with cherry-picked anecdotes and studies, and on that basis, imposed a remedy that could significantly upend the status quo," according to the brief. "Emergency relief from the order is necessary to mitigate the imminent harm facing members of the public, many of whom rely on the availability of mifepristone for reproductive care."

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