Texas Challenges Pharmacy Guidance on Abortion Drugs

Texas Challenges Pharmacy Guidance on Abortion Drugs

The state of Texas has filed a motion in a federal trial court to challenge a guidance document issued by an agency in July 2022. The document states that pharmacies are required to stock and dispense abortion-related drugs, which Texas argues undermines the state’s abortion law. The motion, filed by Texas and Mayo Pharmacy, claims that the guidance is an attempt by the Biden administration to impose a federal right to abortion through executive action.

This legal challenge follows the US Supreme Court’s June 2022 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which upheld a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Texas and Mayo Pharmacy assert that the guidance issued by the agency is inconsistent with the Supreme Court’s ruling and exceeds the authority of the federal government.

The guidance in question includes instructions for pharmacies regarding the storage, distribution, and dispensing of abortion drugs. Texas argues that it infringes on the state’s ability to regulate the practice of medicine within its borders and violates the principle of federalism.

Although the language used in the motion suggests a broader opposition to the right to abortion, it specifically focuses on the jurisdictional authority of the federal government and the interpretation of the recent Supreme Court decision. Texas and Mayo Pharmacy maintain that the guidance is an overreach that should be struck down by the court.

As this legal battle unfolds, the outcome could have implications not only for Texas but for other states and the broader landscape of reproductive rights in the United States.

– Agency guidance document: A document issued by a government agency that provides direction or clarification on how to interpret and apply laws or regulations.

– The US District Court for the Western District of Texas
– Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

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