Over the weekend, Vice President Kamala Harris was urging abortion supporters to take action to fight against pro-life laws making their way through the US courts, the Associated Press reported.
On Saturday, abortion activists throughout the country held rallies after the Supreme Court intervened to delay a lower court ruling limiting how the abortion drug mifepristone is dispensed.
Harris spoke at the Los Angeles pro-abortion rally where she accused Republicans of violating Americans’ “fundamental rights.”
Harris demanded that the activists stand up and fight back “based on our collective love of our country.” She claimed that those attacking “the rights of women in America” are attacking the country itself.
Earlier this month, a federal judge in Texas halted the FDA’s approval of mifepristone, prompting the Biden administration to immediately file a notice of appeal with the Supreme Court.
While the plaintiffs in the case had asked that the court withdraw or suspend the FDA’s approval entirely, US District Judge Matthew Kaczmaryk’s injunction stopped short of doing so.
The judge placed a 7-day hold on his decision to allow for the administration to appeal the ruling to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. And on April 7, the Justice Department filed its notice to appeal.
Last Friday, the Supreme Court temporarily blocked Judge Kaczmaryk’s ruling while it reviews the issues raised in the appeal, according to the Associated Press.
The order, signed by Justice Samuel Alito, placed a five-day pause on the case so the justices have time to decide whether Kaczmaryk’s decision should be allowed to take effect while the case is appealed.
In a statement on Friday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the administration stands by the FDA’s “evidence-based approval” of the drug. She said the White House supports the independence and “expert authority” of the FDA to “review, approve, and regulate” prescription drugs.
Jean-Pierre also vowed that the White House would continue to “fight to restore” Roe v. Wade.