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NV senator pushes to protect access to abortion pill

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Alex Gonzalez, Public News Service

New research shows more than six in 10 abortions in the U.S. last year were medically induced, and U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto – D-NV – is sounding the alarm over the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case that could restrict access to the abortion pill mifepristone.

It is the first major case related to women’s reproductive rights since the Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022.

On Tuesday, after hearing oral arguments, the Court seemed likely to preserve access to the medication.

Cortez Masto said the country has witnessed what she calls “the tragic consequences of abortion restrictions,” which started with the country’s highest court.

“This just goes to show you,” said Cortez Masto, “far-right extremists are going to stop at nothing to restrict women’s rights when it comes to their reproductive freedom – that is why we can’t give up.”

Cortez Masto contended mifepristone is safe and effective and is also critical for miscarriage care.

But the case presented to the Supreme Court by anti-abortion doctors claim the Food and Drug Administration acted too quickly in removing restrictions on the drug.

If the court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, mifepristone access could stop immediately in all states – including those where abortion is legal such as Nevada.

Critics of the drug say it carries significant side effects, include bacterial infections and prolonged, heavy menstrual bleeding.

While mifepristone may not be prohibited all together, restrictions on the pill could be reinstated.

Cortez Masto argued conservative groups never planned to stop with just repealing Roe v. Wade, but adds they are aiming to roll back women’s rights all together.

“That is why we can’t give up,” said Cortez Masto. “We have to continue to use our voices and be advocates to fight for women’s rights.”

The Supreme Court could make a decision on the case in June.

In the Silver State, a coalition is working to get an amendment on the ballot this November to enshrine abortion rights in the Silver State’s constitution.

This article originally appeared on Public News Service and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.