Thanks be to God!
I had not planned to write you today, but this news requires it.
Just a few hours ago, a Trump-appointed federal judge in Texas ruled that the FDA broke the law when it approved the “abortion pill” mifepristone 23 years ago – and that all pharmacies nationwide must stop selling the pill within 7 days.
Mifepristone is responsible for more than 50% of all abortions in the U.S.
That means this ruling has the potential to save millions of lives – as long as higher courts don’t overturn it.
This is one of the most important legal cases ever for the pro-life cause – second only to the Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade.
After reading the ruling, I believe the judge’s legal reasoning is rock-solid.
It’s obvious to any impartial observer that the FDA broke the law when they approved mifepristone to cause chemical abortions.
But because of contradictory rulings from different courts, this case will likely end up before the Supreme Court. In fact, those negative rulings may be a blessing in disguise.
With five solid pro-life justices (plus Chief Justice Roberts, who is more apprehensive on abortion) – we have a good shot at winning a Supreme Court decision that will end the abortion pill’s 23-year reign of death.
But that doesn’t mean the pro-abortion side will surrender quietly.
You and I both know they’ll use every page in the book to promote abortion:
Lies. Chaos. Threats. Violence.
As good as this news is, I want to warn you to be on guard in the coming days – both physically and spiritually.
I fully expect protests all over the nation, especially directed at pro-life clinics and Catholic churches.
Because of our Church’s teaching against abortion, there may well be an increase in violent attacks against Catholic churches during Easter Masses and in the days that follow.
First and foremost, please pray for the safety of all Catholics and pro-life volunteers.
And second, please be wise.
Don’t engage with pro-abortion protesters – at your parish or anywhere else. You won’t convince them, at least not now. They’re only trying to cause trouble.
For more information on how to deal with anti-Catholic violence, I strongly suggest you read our free eBook, Burning the Churches: Anti-Catholic Violence and Government Silence.
I’m not suggesting that your parish will be targeted.
But with over 300 attacks against Catholic churches in recent years, I’m just urging you to use caution.
Anti-Catholic violence aside, you and I should celebrate this pro-life ruling today or whenever you see my message – while also remembering the millions of lives lost to the abortion pill over the last 23 years.
I promise to write soon with more thoughts.
For now, I just wanted to tell you the good news.
P.S. This historic ruling was announced just after my family and millions of other Catholics attended the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion.
What a sweet victory for life on one of the holiest days of the liturgical year!
Original email from Brian Burch of Catholic Vote.
Nothing has changed.
Litany for Life
There is a good chance that the abortion pill will become illegal, as of Saturday, April 15th, due to the Texas 5th Circuit Court federal judge’s ruling. If the contradictory court rulings need to be taken to the Supreme Court, there is a good chance there, also, of the abortion pill to become illegal. We must pray for God’s grace to help with this important issue.
We need to be careful what we wish for – the ruling by a judge in Texas is not so much about an abortion pill as it is about setting new ground rules for drug approval, for the world, really. The FDA is the gold standard for drug approval in the world. If a court can question the approval process for an abortion pill, it can question, going forward, any drug for any reason. Are we willing to do that? If a single judge can overturn an FDA approval because she/he doesn’t like it or doesn’t like what it is designed to do, who can have any faith in any drug in the future? The unintended consequences of this ruling may be more significant than we bargained for.
The FDA’s rushed, emergency approval of the COVID “vaccines” destroyed its credibility as making judgments about drug approval based on science and objective evidence. It was entirely a political decision.
Anonymous, the covid vaccines were not rushed. But even if they were, they came 20 years after the approval of this drug, a drug approved by and in use in, dozens of countries around the world who don’t take FDA’s word for it.
The judge was calling out the FDA, he did not say whether he liked the pill or not. And how else to keep the FDA and overbearing beurocrats accountable? Vote harder?
I believe the ruling says: the FDA did not follow the established procedures in approving this drug for abortions.
“It’s obvious to any impartial observer that the FDA broke the law when they approved mifepristone to cause chemical abortions.” Bob One, I have not read the FDA’s approval nor do I know the law on such matters — only that it is obvious to the writer that the law was broken. If the law is good then the solution is for the FDA simply to follow the law. And since the court’s intent is to uphold the law, which is what courts are supposed to do, this ruling is merely asking the FDA to, well, follow the law. I see no hint of judges voiding drug approval because of personal animus toward the drug itself. Am I missing something here?