Sinema Stands Up for Women’s Reproductive Freedom in Brief to Federal Court

Jan 30, 2024

Senator takes action in support of women’s ability to make their own decisions about their health and their future

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema and a group of lawmakers from the U.S. House and Senate submitted an amicus brief in the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA case supporting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of and continued patient access to mifepristone, a drug used by women and their doctors to manage reproductive health care, including miscarriage care.

The brief requests that the U.S. Supreme Court reject the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that would restrict access to mifepristone and endanger the FDA’s scientific, evidence-based approval process.

“As the U.S. Supreme Court considers measures restricting access to safe, effective medication, we’re protecting Arizona women’s ability to make their own decisions about their health and their futures,” said Sinema.

The move follows news last month that the U.S. Supreme Court will review a lower court ruling that would limit access to mifepristone. Click HERE to read the amicus brief.

Mifepristone is one of the two medications typically used in reproductive and miscarriage care, which has been FDA-approved and safely used for over 20 years. The recent ruling would restrict patient and provider access to mifepristone and potentially endanger the FDA’s approval authority to ensure the safety and efficacy of medications such as insulin or other treatments.

In December, Sinema backed a Senate resolution in support of mifepristone. Last year, the Senator signed onto similar briefs urging the court to maintain the FDA’s authority and approval of mifepristone.

Sinema, along with Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine) and Democratic Senator Tim Kaine (Va.), recently introduced the Reproductive Freedom For All Act – bipartisan legislation protecting women’s abilities to make their own health care decisions by enacting the core protections of Roe v. Wade and related Supreme Court cases into law.