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Statement from Attorney General Clark on Supreme Court's Stay Order in Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine

April 21, 2023

Tonight, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit regarding the status of the abortion drug mifepristone. The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a stay during the pendency of the appeal in Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA. In response, Attorney General Charity Clark issued the following statement:

“Vermonters, tonight’s ruling means there is no change in your ability to receive abortion care in Vermont, including accessing medication abortions using mifepristone.

Tonight’s ruling does not affect the underlying case, which is still pending in the Fifth Circuit. We expect the underlying case will take months, possibly more, before it makes its way to the U.S. Supreme Court — where a decision could impact Vermont.

The Texas district court’s order on April 7, revoking the FDA’s approval of mifepristone, was unprecedented. I share your dismay at the politicization of basic health care, and I want Vermonters to know that I will keep fighting for your reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy. I will do everything that I can, including using the full force of my office, to fight for our right to control our own bodies.

I am grateful the Supreme Court did the right thing tonight.”


Contact: Lauren Jandl, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171