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Republican AGs Say CVS, Walgreens’ Abortion Pill Plans Are ‘Illegal’

The Hill reports on a letter from 20 Republican attorney generals alleging plans by pharmacy chains to mail out abortion pills are “unsafe and illegal.” NPR, meanwhile, notes that a decision on access to the abortion drug mifepristone rests in the hands of a Trump-appointed Texas judge.

The Hill: 20 GOP Attorneys General Tell CVS Walgreens Plans To Dispense Abortion Pills ‘Both Unsafe And Illegal’

Twenty Republican attorneys general sent a letter to US drugstore chains Walgreens and CVS on Wednesday, telling both companies that their plans to distribute abortion pills through the mail were “both unsafe and illegal.” In the letter, the coalition wrote that federal law prohibits anyone from using the mail to send or receive drugs “used or applied to perform abortion,” citing the Comstock Act of 1873. (Oshin, 2 /1)

In other abortion news from Texas, Nebraska, West Virginia and Kentucky –

NPR: A Trump-appointed Texas judge could force a major abortion pill off the market

A case before a federal judge in Texas could dramatically change access to abortion in the United States — at least as much, some experts say, as the US Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision last year, which undid decades of abortion rights made precedent. (McCammon, 2/1)

AP: Nebraska lawmakers are postponing the ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban vote.

The Nebraska Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee required nearly eight hours of testimony Wednesday before it was adjourned without a vote on whether to introduce a bill that would ban abortion before many women know they are pregnant . Hundreds of people crowded the halls of the state Capitol for a committee hearing on what is known as a heartbeat bill. The bill would ban abortions as soon as cardiac activity can be detected in an embryo, which is usually around the sixth week of pregnancy. (Beck, 2/2)

Reuters: West Virginia Clinic, Doctor Sue on new state ban on abortion

West Virginia’s only abortion clinic and the clinic’s chief physician filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the near-total ban on abortion the state enacted last year, saying it violates patients’ constitutional rights. In their appeal in federal court in Charleston, West Virginia, the West Virginia Women’s Health Center and the physician identified as John Doe are asking the court for an immediate injunction blocking enforcement of the law while the case proceeds. (Pierson, 2/1)

The Guardian: ‘It’s a public health risk’: Nurse refuses infection control at US anti-abortion crisis center

At 52, Susan Rames was looking for a way to give back. She worked part-time at a Kentucky hospital as a postpartum nurse, and with her three children almost grown, she had a little more time during the weekdays. Motivated by her Christian faith, Rames decided to volunteer at the ALC Pregnancy Resource Center, a crisis pregnancy center dedicated to discouraging people from having abortions. (morel, 2/2)

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