The Supreme Court today announced that it will hear FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine in March, a case that will deliver a definitive decision on federal approval of the safe and effective abortion pill mifepristone. The case was brought by known hate group Alliance Defending Freedom, with backing from longtime anti-abortion activist Leonard Leo.
This critical case threatening to strip Americans of their access to the safe and widely-used abortion pill was manufactured by the same right-wing interests who have corrupted our Supreme Court — from billionaire matchmaker Leonard Leo to his extremist Federalist Society judges to known hate group Alliance Defending Freedom. These far-right forces have puppeteered many of this term’s most extreme legal challenges with one ultimate goal: to force their own radical agenda on everyday Americans.”
Accountable.US President Caroline Ciccone
Through an opaque trail of dark money transfers, Leonard Leo appears to be bankrolling Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine (AHM), the coalition at the center of the abortion pill case. Ahead of AHM’s challenge of the FDA’s approval of mifepristone earlier this year, Leo funneled money through his shadowy network to the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a key group within the Alliance. New reporting even suggests that Leo deployed some of his $1.6 billion windfall — the largest single political donation ever — to back AHM’s efforts.
Leo-linked Texas district judge Matthew Kacsmaryk first ruled to force the abortion pill off the market nationwide, impacting more than half of women undergoing pregnancy terminations. 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.
Key Leo group DonorsTrust has bankrolled Alliance Defending Freedom, 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.