In Light of New Threats to Medication Abortion, Warren, Hirono, Duckworth, Smith Expand Investigation into Effects of State Abortion Bans

Press Release

Date: May 30, 2023
Location: Washington, D.C.

"Since the Supreme Court's devastating decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade, Republican politicians across the country have enacted draconian laws banning or severely limiting abortions, with Republicans in Congress even introducing a 15-week national abortion ban. In particular, medication abortion, which accounts for over half of all abortions in the United States, is increasingly under attack.


Since the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, online misinformation about the safety and efficacy of mifepristone… has exploded despite extensive evidence proving the drug's safety. Anti-abortion organizations, including crisis pregnancy centers, have also promoted erroneous claims that medication abortion can be reversed, commonly referred to as "abortion pill reversals,' resulting in confusion and fear… A federal district court's ruling challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) 23-year-old approval of mifepristone has further fueled this surge in misinformation, which has left women across the country unsure whether they can legally access the medication -- even in states without restrictions."