WASHINGTON ― The Supreme Court heard a case about blocking the distribution of medication abortion, sparking protests from supporters of women’s reproductive rights who gathered outside. The case challenges the FDA’s authorization of mifepristone, a commonly used abortion medication. Advocates argue that the drug has been used safely by millions in the U.S., and changes to regulations in recent years have made it more accessible, including through telemedicine and mail distribution. Abortion rights activists showed up with signs, shirts, and megaphones, with some even distributing mifepristone pills using a robot.

During the court arguments, justices questioned the conservative doctor group’s standing in the case, debating the scope of the remedy they were seeking and the relevance of the case for a nationwide ruling. Justice Clarence Thomas referenced the Comstock Act, an old law prohibiting the mail distribution of contraceptives and abortifacients, suggesting a conservative strategy to limit access to abortion. For many older women protesting, the fight over mifepristone feels like part of a larger effort to roll back reproductive rights and dismantle regulations that protect the environment and public health.

Despite feeling discouraged by the lack of media attention, protesters like Susan, an 85-year-old advocate from North Carolina, emphasized the importance of persistence and urged younger generations to continue fighting for abortion rights. She highlighted the need for Supreme Court reforms and expressed hope in the power of collective voices speaking out against restrictions on reproductive rights. Susan also shared her Christian perspective on when life begins, emphasizing the importance of using religion to advocate for social justice.

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