Pro Life Groups Sue Letitia James

( – Abortion has long been a contentious issue among Americans, who are, for the most part, separated into the pro-life and pro-choice factions. One of the more common ways to induce termination is to take mifepristone, followed by misoprostol, under the care of a doctor. However, over the past few years, several anti-abortion groups have begun pushing a so-called abortion pill reversal (APR) method, and they are now suing New York Attorney General Letitia James.

On Tuesday, April 30, the coalition filed suit accusing James of perpetrating a “witch hunt.” The legal move came after she notified the anti-abortion groups she intended to sue for spreading “persistent misleading statements” about APR. The lawsuit claims James is violating their First Amendment rights and seeks to prevent her from prosecuting them in the future.

The firm representing the coalition, the Thomas More Society, said James is engaging in a “political witch-hunt against small nonprofits that have selflessly served” New Yorkers for more than 50 years. The firm further said her notices “are a transparent attempt to harass small pro-life charities into silence.”

APR is considered marginally successful by some, but experts caution that it’s not based on science and is noted to be unproven and unsafe. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the treatment does not “meet clinical standards.” The process involves taking the hormone progesterone to offset the effects of the abortion drug, mifepristone, which blocks progesterone production. The hormone is crucial in pregnancy development. However, it is not deemed an effective route after taking misoprostol.

New York is not the only blue state to jump on suing or threatening to sue groups that offer this advice. In September 2023, Rob Bonta, California’s attorney general, sued Heartbeat International, along with five pregnancy centers, over their APR claims. He further said the groups took advantage of women in a vulnerable state by feeding them “lies and misinformation.”

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