New reporting today from The New Republic unravels the mifepristone challenge set to come before the Supreme Court later this month with critical new details about Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, the “sham” Alliance Defending Freedom-linked group behind the biggest anti-abortion case since Dobbs. The landmark FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, which threatens to both disrupt national abortion access and upend the concept of independent FDA approval, has wide-ranging implications for Americans everywhere.

It’s deeply concerning that Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine could exist as such a flimsy group on paper and achieve such far reaching consequences as the ones presented by this case. This is not a legal advocacy group organizing everyday Americans in a class action – these are ideological organizations masquerading as legitimate medical associations essentially registering a website and using it to roll back reproductive rights. Even further, the group targeted a district where a friendly, anti-abortion judge is guaranteed. If this tactic is successful, what’s to stop Amarillo from becoming the new home for every right-wing group with a fringe idea for a lawsuit and the money to register a PO box?”

Accountable.US president Caroline Ciccone

The new reporting reveals that the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine (AHM), which was founded just months before the mifepristone challenge was brought and first incorporated in Texas mere weeks after Roe v. Wade was overturned, only exists in Texas on a piece of paper. Tax filings recently obtained by Accountable.US reveal that AHM doesn’t appear to actively fundraise from the public and its lawsuit appears to be purely a project of Alliance Defending Freedom, the right-wing group infamous for shepherding extreme cases to the Supreme Court. AHM was also revealed to be nothing more than a coalition of right-wing pseudo-medical groups, which the medical community has widely discredited for peddling conspiracies and pushing fake science.

As The New Republic notes, the story told by Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine’s legal fillings is not the full truth: “In reality, however, the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine is a newly-incorporated anti-abortion group, hastily established in 2022 following the Dobbs decision in a jurisdiction that would be favorable to their case, where it was all but certain to go before an anti-abortion judge. Their purported scientific claims fall apart under scrutiny; studies they cite in their legal filings have been retracted. And the real force behind the case…is the Christian right law shop Alliance Defending Freedom, who also won the Dobbs case overturning Roe v. Wade, and who last term prevailed in their case 303 Creative v. Elenis.”

The New Republic previously broke news of a seemingly contrived complaint at the center of that same 303 Creative case. The revelation sparked a larger analysis of ADF’s tactics, revealing a tried and tested strategy of manufacturing lawsuits to advance its far-right agenda. The mifepristone challenge set to be heard at the end of March is the latest example of ADF’s strategy to manipulate the judiciary for a favorable outcome.

Learn more about Alliance Defending Freedom and other right-wing forces behind FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine at


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