Packets of mifepristone, an abortion pill. (Paul Ratje/The Washington Post) What will be the future of abortion pills?

In Texas, there is a court case that is deciding the future of abortion pills in the red state. The judge has told the attorney’s to “keep it quiet.” What are they supposed to keep quiet? The date of the court case. The judge cited death threats in keeping this court date a secret.

CNBC reports:
Citing death threats and harassing phone calls, the federal judge who is presiding over a pivotal case that could decide the future of the abortion pill in the U.S. asked attorneys not to publicize the date of a key hearing, telling them “less advertisement is better.”

Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk of the U.S. Northern District of Texas held a telephone conference with attorneys in the case on Friday in which he set oral arguments for Wednesday morning. But Kacsmaryk asked the attorneys not to publicize the hearing, citing security concerns.

“And because of limited security resources and staffing, I will ask that the parties avoid further publicizing the date of the hearing,” Kacsmaryk told the attorneys, according to a court transcript of the conference call.

“This is not a gag order but just a request for courtesy given the death threats and harassing phone calls and voicemails that this division has received,” the judge said.

“We want a fluid hearing with all parties being heard. I think less advertisement of this hearing is better,” Kacsmaryk said, adding that he didn’t want an “unnecessary circus-like atmosphere.”

ProLife Update first reported about this Texas court case:
“Alliance Defending Freedom, a pro-life organization, filed a lawsuit in November on behalf of four anti-abortion medical organizations and four doctors who treated patients with mifepristone. The lawsuit argues that the government purposely ignored the drug’s harmful side effects, putting women’s health at risk.

While mifepristone has been approved by the FDA for use in ending early pregnancies, there are concerns about its safety and efficacy, particularly when used outside of a clinical setting. It is essential for women to be informed about the potential risks and side effects of this medication before making a decision about whether or not to use it.

Mifepristone is an abortion drug that is used in combination with another drug, misoprostol, to end a pregnancy. Like any medication, it can have side effects that range from mild to severe. Some of the many side effects of mifepristone include:

Heavy bleeding
An incomplete abortion, which may require emergency surgical intervention
Abdominal cramping
Fever or chills
Allergic reactions to the drug, such as swelling, difficulty breathing, and hives
U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, appointed by President Donald Trump in 2019, has taken the extraordinary step of not publicizing the hearing to limit protests. However, the hearing will still be open to the public, and any decision reached could be appealed to the conservative U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and will likely be met by protestors.

This hearing could be a significant step towards protecting the sanctity of life and ensuring that women’s health is not put at risk by dangerous drugs that are easily handed out in an effort to maintain easy-access abortions. It is also time for the government and state lawmakers to take a closer look at the safety of drugs like mifepristone, and put the health and well-being of women and their unborn children first.”

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