In yesterday’s decision from the Supreme Court in FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, the Court determined that pro-life doctors don’t have standing to challenge the FDA’s relaxed regulations on the abortion drug mifepristone. While this is undeniably disappointing, it’s important to understand that this was a procedural decision—not a verdict on the drug’s safety or legality.

Here in Georgia, where we’ve been at the forefront of advocating for life, this ruling hits close to home. It doesn’t change the facts on the ground but sharpens our focus on the significance of state-driven legislation. The ruling pivots the battle to states like ours, where proactive laws, such as our 2022 Heartbeat Law, are more crucial than ever.

Under Georgia law, before proceeding with any abortion, including those utilizing mifepristone, an ultrasound must first confirm the absence of a heartbeat, typically around the sixth week of pregnancy. This law embodies our unwavering commitment to protect life at every stage, ensuring that even in light of federal regulatory decisions, our state upholds stricter standards.

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Today’s decision underscores a critical reality: the fight over abortion will increasingly hinge on state actions. With the majority of abortions in Georgia now chemically induced, our responsibility to stop mail-order abortion pills is vital for safeguarding both the unborn and their mothers.

We’re geared up to ensure Georgia continues to champion life-affirming values. This ruling, while a setback, is far from the end of our fight. It reminds us of the need to remain vigilant, to support robust pro-life policies, and to choose leaders who reflect our convictions.

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Paige Morris
Director of Communications, Frontline Policy