When Roe v Wade was overturned in June, it became the responsibility of each state government to determine the legality of abortion within their jurisdiction. Some states, predominantly conservative southern states, immediately passed laws banning abortion. Other states, such as Mississippi, already had laws in place that would ban abortion if Roe v. Wade was overturned. These laws were widely known as “trigger” laws. Mississippi already had fairly restrictive laws regarding abortion, and its laws were facing many legal challenges. However, many of these cases have been dropped after the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding the legality of abortion. Now it’s up to each state to determine its abortion laws.
GenBioPro manufactures one of two drugs used for medication-based abortions
Medication-based abortions have been common for many years. This type of abortion is often the method of choice when the pregnancy is less than 10 weeks old. It is known for being a very safe method of abortion, with a maternal fatality rate far lower than that of childbirth. Mifepristone is often used with misoprostol for this purpose. GenBioPro is one of the biggest manufacturers of mifepristone. They had already filed suit against Mississippi in 2020 regarding the laws in the state restricting medication-based abortions. However, it seems they’ll be taking their fight elsewhere.
They dropped their case in the wake of Roe v. Wade
GenBioPro’s case was being heard in the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals. However, they have now dropped their case in the wake of the Roe v. Wade decision. This is because they may not have the legal justification for the case they had before. Mississippi now has more freedom in creating abortion laws that do not have to conform to federal regulations. Also, this court is known for being one of the most conservative in the country.
GenBioPro likely felt they did not have much chance to win the case now. However, GenBioPro’s case may be refiled in another court. It would probably be refiled in a court that is known for being more progressive. Otherwise, another pharmaceutical manufacturer could file a similar case in a different Court.