Leonard Leo, extreme groups push radical, unpopular agenda with mifepristone case

WASHINGTON, DC – The Supreme Court today announced it will take up FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, a case that will deliver a definitive decision on federal approval of the widely-used abortion pill mifepristone. The case was initially brought and backed by none other than Alliance Defending Freedom, a known hate group infamous for bankrolling anti-democratic, anti-LGBTQ organizations in favor of a radical agenda.

Leonard Leo-linked Texas district judge Matthew Kacsmaryk first ruled to force the abortion pill off the market nationwide, impacting the nearly half of women undergoing pregnancy terminations who typically rely on the medication. Anti-abortion activists “judge-shopped” the case, intentionally filing the suit in a federal court district where Kacsmaryk is the only judge to all but guarantee a favorable ruling based on his extreme beliefs and long history of conservative activism.

A 5th Circuit Court of Appeals panel made up of three extremist Federalist Society judges then upheld the restrictions outlined in Kacsmaryk’s ruling.

This abortion pill case was manufactured by the same powerful right-wing interests who corrupted our Supreme Court, from billionaire matchmaker Leonard Leo and his extremist Federalist Society judges to the known hate group Alliance Defending Freedom. These interests have puppeteered many of the most extreme legal challenges with one ultimate goal: to force their own radical, unpopular agenda on everyday Americans."

Accountable.US president Caroline Ciccone.

Conservative kingpin Leonard Leo orchestrated the decades-long campaign to overturn Roe and has been pivotal in moving every piece on the chess board: selecting anti-choice judges, challenging abortion rights at all levels of government, and bankrolling anti-choice advocacy groups like Susan B. Anthony and Students for Life. Leo has also pulled the strings of the high court by acting as a “billionaire matchmaker” between justices and their benefactor buddies, facilitating the corruption and influence-peddling that has grown into a full-blown ethics crisis.

Key Leo group DonorsTrust has bankrolled Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group behind the mifepristone lawsuit — and known for shepherding numerous extreme cases to the Supreme Court. ADF helped overturn Roe, and was behind the recent Supreme Court case 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, which undid decades of civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans. The group also used a massive influx in funding to bankroll extremist anti-democratic organizations including the Child & Parental Rights Campaign, the Family Foundation of Virginia, and the Ethics and Public Policy Center.


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