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Texas judge holds hearing on abortion pill

Legal analyst Lisa Rubin claims Judge Kacsmaryk hid his plans for a preliminary injunction hearing as well as for last Friday’s proceedings.

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On Wednesday, Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk heard arguments from the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, which seeks to overturn the FDA’s decades-old authorization of the abortion pill mifepristone.

Kacsmaryk was an appointee of former President Donald Trump, while the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine is a Christian-conservative coalition.

The group filed the lawsuit in November, arguing that mifepristone and misoprostol should be withdrawn as FDA-approved chemical abortion drugs.

The coalition claimed that “The FDA never studied the safety of the drugs under the labeled conditions of use, ignored the potential impacts of the hormone-blocking regimen on the developing bodies of adolescent girls, disregarded the substantial evidence that chemical abortion drugs cause more complications than surgical abortions, and eliminated necessary safeguards for pregnant girls and women who undergo this dangerous drug regimen.”

At the same time, MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Rubin alleged that Judge Kacsmaryk “not only tried to conceal his plans for a preliminary injunction hearing over the FDA’s approval of mifepristone, but also hid last Friday’s proceedings — a 30-minute phone conference — from his docket until yesterday.”

In response to a DOJ lawyer’s question about the hearing being made public on Tuesday, Judge Kacsmaryk reportedly said: “To minimize some of the unnecessary death threats & voicemails & harassment that this division has received from the start of the case, we’re going to post that later in the day. So, it may even be after business hours.”