The Biden administration is reportedly in talks with abortion pill manufacturers and U.S. pharmacy chains to provide legal support and advice in the wake of a Texas court ruling that suspended the approval of mifepristone, a drug used for medical abortions. Sources familiar with the matter indicate that the White House has been engaging with these companies for months to discuss options to counter efforts to ban the drug and preserve access to abortion pills.
In response to the Texas ruling, a conflicting order from a Washington state judge blocked changes to pill sales in 17 states, providing the administration with more time to respond legally. The White House is said to be considering a range of options, including having the Department of Justice (DOJ) back any legal challenges brought against manufacturers and pharmacies and providing legal advice on how they can continue dispensing the pills. The DOJ is also seeking an emergency stay of the Texas border.
Major U.S. manufacturers of abortion pills include GenBioPro Inc and Danco Laboratories, while pharmacy chains dispensing such pills consist of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc, CVS Health Corp, and Rite Aid Corp. It remains unclear whether the administration will follow California Governor Gavin Newsom’s example by withholding federal contracts from chains that suspend abortion pill sales.