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Gener­ic abor­tion drug man­u­fac­tur­er sues West Vir­ginia over re­stric­tions

One of the gener­ic man­u­fac­tur­ers of a drug used to end ear­ly preg­nan­cies sued West Vir­ginia’s at­tor­ney gen­er­al to­day, claim­ing that fed­er­al law and the FDA’s reg­u­la­tions su­per­sede West Vir­ginia’s law ban­ning the drug.

The case will like­ly be close­ly fol­lowed, giv­en the fact that med­ica­tion abor­tions are now the ma­jor­i­ty of all abor­tions, and as the Supreme Court last Sep­tem­ber re­voked the right to abor­tion, paving the way for bans in al­most all cas­es. And if West Vir­ginia’s re­stric­tions are over­turned, as Gen­Bio­Pro claims they “func­tion­al­ly dis­place FDA’s judg­ment in ap­prov­ing mifepri­s­tone and im­pos­ing a REMS,” this might be a test case for oth­er states.

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