Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has proposed a dangerous idea for dealing with a Texas judge’s ruling directing the FDA to halt the approval of an abortion pill that was greenlit by the agency more than two decades ago.
Her solution? To simply ignore it. But ignoring court rulings you don’t agree with is just as risky as the Texas judge’s decision, and it would completely undermine the rule of law.
In addition, questions have been raised about the ruling itself, which was issued by Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointee and abortion opponent.
The judge would freeze the approval of mifepristone while a lawsuit challenging its safety makes its way through the courts. The Biden Justice Department has appealed, and the issue remains unresolved.
Whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, we have a judicial system that has worked well since Marbury v. Madison.
If you don’t like a court ruling, the appropriate response is to try to get it overturned, countersue, or work to elect politicians who would appoint judges that share your values. Simply ignoring a ruling you don’t agree with is not a viable option.