Endangered species: A new frontier in abortion law?

By Pamela King, Rebekah Alvey | 02/28/2024 01:42 PM EST

One group is making a long-shot bid to use endangered species law in a Supreme Court fight against abortion pills.

photo collage of SCOTUS court documents, Supreme Court building, Mifepristone pill boxes and bottle of pills

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What do abortion pills and endangered species have to do with each other?

Quite a lot, if you ask a Southern conservative judge and a group that is pushing the Supreme Court to limit access to abortion pills.
a Southern conservative judge

In an amicus brief docketed Tuesday, a leading anti-abortion organization made the argument to the nation’s highest bench that the Food and Drug Administration should have conducted an Endangered Species Act consultation before approving mifepristone, a pill that can be taken at home to terminate a pregnancy during the first 10 weeks.
an amicus brief docketed Tuesday


“The pills’ dangers for the women who take them should be enough to pull them from the market,” said Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins in a statement accompanying the brief. “But as a matter of environmental justice, we should make sure that the deadly pills are not also ending aquatic and animal life.”