Democratic governors across the United States are stockpiling abortion medication in response to the recent legal uncertainty surrounding the issue. With the Supreme Court preparing to hear a case originally brought by Mississippi that could overturn Roe v. Wade, blue states are taking matters into their own hands, purchasing backup supplies of drugs used to induce abortion.
California, in particular, has been proactive in this effort, stocking up on an emergency supply of abortion pills. The state’s move comes in the wake of a recent Texas court ruling that severely limits access to abortions in the state. In response, Democratic governors from other states, such as New York and Oregon, have also begun to quietly stockpile medication.
The drug most commonly purchased is Misoprostol, which can be used to induce abortions up to 10 weeks into a pregnancy. Biden administration officials have reportedly been in contact with Democratic governors and are monitoring the situation closely. In a statement, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki expressed support for the governors’ efforts, saying, “The administration firmly believes in a woman’s right to choose and will continue to fight to protect that right.”
Anti-abortion advocates have criticized the move, arguing that it is an attempt to circumvent existing laws and undermine the potential Supreme Court decision. Nonetheless, blue states continue to take steps to ensure that individuals seeking abortions have access to medication in the event that legal protections are rolled back.