New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) on Wednesday said “everything is on the table” as approval of a widely used abortion pill hangs in the balance.
“We went to the CEOs of Walgreens and CVS to make sure we had unfettered access. We considered bulk acquisition. We obviously participated in the legal action as an amicus matter,” Murphy said in a interview with MSNBC’s Katy Tur.
“Everything is on the table, and please God that doesn’t happen,” he added of the possibility that the abortion drug mifepristone would be removed from the market.
A federal judge in Texas suspended the 23-year-old Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of mifepristone last month, finding that the agency improperly rushed the process.
The Supreme Court blocked the order from taking effect, leaving the remedy available while the case continues through the appeals process. However, a federal appeals court on Wednesday appeared to cast doubt on the Biden administration’s arguments for keeping mifepristone on the market.
Murphy said Wednesday that it remains “to be determined” whether the state will challenge a potential Supreme Court ruling blocking access to the drug.
“But when I say everything is on the table, Katy, I mean it,” he said, later adding, “It’s going to ruin people’s lives … especially women, sadly. And so, if that’s what’s at stake, we’ll do everything we can to save lives.”
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