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Lawsuit Filed Against FDA to Block Access to Abortion Pill

  • Texas suit claims agency should never have approved medication
  • Drug has been authorized to terminate preganancies since 2000
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Abortion opponents sued the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday, seeking to overturn the agency’s decades-old authorization of a pill that induces abortions.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Amarillo, Texas by the conservative legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, claims that the FDA fast-tracked the 2000 approval of the drug called mifepristone using a process intended to authorize treatments for life-threatening illnesses -- and did so without sufficient scientific evidence in favor of approval.