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Senator Peters Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Access to Medication Abortion

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling preserving access to mifepristone, a key and widely-used abortion medication:

“Today’s ruling will preserve access to medication abortion for women across the country. Mifepristone is safe, effective, and has been trusted by doctors for decades. Banning this medication would have been a devastating step back in the fight for reproductive freedom.  

“But make no mistake – this decision won’t stop extreme Republicans from trying to restrict women’s access to essential health care. They won’t stop until there is a nationwide abortion ban. We have to keep up the fight – and do everything we can to protect every woman’s right to choose.” 

Peters previously joined an amicus brief to the Supreme Court opposing the lower court rulings on this case. The amicus brief underscored that the previous rulings had no basis in law, risked denying patients’ access to a safe and effective medication widely used in abortion care and miscarriage management, and jeopardized patients’ access to a wide array of other medications by threatening the Food and Drug Administration’s drug approval process. 

Peters has been a strong advocate for protecting access to essential care and the right of all Americans to make health care decisions privately with their doctors and family. Peters is a cosponsor of the Right to IVF Act that would guarantee the right to access in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technology (ART) services that Americans depend on to start a family. Peters spoke on the Senate floor in support of the Right to Contraception Act, legislation Peters cosponsored that would guarantee the right to access contraceptives. Peters also spoke on the Senate floor in February to urge his colleagues to support the Access to Family Building Act, legislation Peters cosponsored that would protect IVF treatment. Last year, Peters joined his colleagues in introducing the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2023legislation seeking to restore the right to comprehensive health care for millions of Americans following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization which repealed Roe v. Wade. In 2020, Peters was the first U.S. Senator to publicly share his family’s personal abortion story.