'Judicial aggressiveness': CNN legal analyst torches Texas Court’s ruling on abortion pill
A CNN legal analyst recently shared his reaction to a federal judge's ruling to halt the approval of an abortion drug that was green-lighted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
According to Mediaite, Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk of the U.S. Northern District of Texas has paused the order for a total of seven days which gives the Biden administration seven days.
Shortly after Kacsmaryk's ruling, U.S. Eastern District of Washington Judge Thomas Rice issued another contradictory ruling that "prohibits the FDA from taking any action that would make the drug, mifepristone, less widely available," the news outlet reported.
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During an appearance on CNN, the network's head legal analyst Elie Honig weighed in on Kacsmaryk’s ruling.
“This is a breathtaking example of judicial aggressiveness, both in terms of the scope and the breadth of this ruling,” he said. “Essentially what this one judge has done is to substitute his own scientific judgment for 20-plus years of scientific judgment by the FDA. He essentially says, ‘They didn’t do it right,’ even though this drug was approved 20-plus years ago.”
Honig also noted that although Kacsmaryk is the only judge representing the state's northern district, his ruling has a far reach.
“This is one judge in one of our 94 federal judicial districts who’s issuing this ruling, which purports to suspend this dry throughout the entire nation,” he continued.
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He added, “This is the ultimate example of judge-shopping. It’s really one-stop judge shopping because by filing the lawsuit in this particular district, the plaintiffs here assured themselves – 100% – they would get this judge, Judge Kacsmaryk, who is very conservative, a Trump appointee. It’s a little bit of a glitch in the system, but he happens to be the only judge in that particular vicinage.”
The news outlet also emphasized how the FDA approved the drug clinically defined as mifepristone back in 2000. It was designed to be used with another prescription drug called misoprostol. However, it was also noted that "drug-induced abortions account for most abortions in the U.S., with the rest being done via surgical procedures."
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