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Indiana, States Ask to Defend FDA’s Abortion Pill Restriction

June 9, 2020, 2:23 PM

An Indiana-led state coalition wants to help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration defend its prohibition on mail-order dispensing of an abortion-inducing drug, the group told a federal court in Maryland.

Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma joined Indiana Monday in asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to allow them to intervene in a lawsuit brought by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that calls for an end to FDA’s in-person dispensing requirement for mifepristone.

The states have a “direct and substantial interest in the litigation” that won’t be adequately represented ...