Texas has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration and is requesting a judge to overturn a rule that forces pharmacies to provide prescriptions for abortion pills.
The controversy began when the Department of Health and Human Services put out guidelines in July of last year commanding approximately 60,000 drug stores throughout the country to keep a stock of abortion pills, ABC News reported. Any pharmacy that would not honor those demands could be found in violation of federal law.
The lawsuit against the HHS was filed Tuesday by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R-TX) in the Western District of Texas.
While making a public announcement of the lawsuit, Paxton quipped, “Let’s go Brandon, we’ll see you in court.”
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“The Biden Administration knows that it has no legal authority to institute this radical abortion agenda, so now it’s trying to intimidate every pharmacy in America by threatening to withhold federal funds,” stated Paxton. “It’s not going to work.”
He added, “Texas and several other states across the country have dutifully passed laws to protect the unborn… and we are not going to back down just because unelected bureaucrats in Washington want to create illegal, extremist federal policies.”
Reuters, a news conglomerate that openly prides itself on practicing “freedom from bias,” framed the story from an ostensibly left-wing perspective, titling its own writeup on the story, “Texas sues Biden administration for asking pharmacies to fill reproductive health prescriptions.”
The outlet’s use of the phrase ‘reproductive health’ does seem a bit contradictory when one considers the discussion pertains to pills that are meant to terminate the act of reproduction rather than aid it.
The Biden Administration attempted to initiate a similar policy last month, according to American Greatness. Soon after, 20 state attorneys general led by Missouri’s Andrew Bailey (R) gathered to caution CVS and Walgreens from supplying the drug, as it is prohibited by certain states.
“Federal law expressly prohibits using the mail to send or receive any drug that will ‘be used or applied for producing abortion’,” wrote Bailey. “The text could not be clearer: ‘every article or thing designed, adapted, or intended for producing abortion…shall not be conveyed in the mails.’ And anyone who ‘knowingly takes any such thing from the mails for the purpose of circulating’ is guilty of a federal crime.”