On Tuesday, Washington’s Democratic Governor, Jay Inslee, revealed that the state is accumulating a reserve of abortion pills in anticipation of a court ruling that could considerably impede their supply.
The state has purchased a three-year supply of 30,000 doses of the two-pill combination, mifepristone and misoprostol, which is the most common option used by individuals seeking abortions in the United States.
The procurement was conducted through the Department of Corrections, which has a pharmacy license, and cost approximately $1.28 million, averaging out to about $42.50 per pill.
Concerns have arisen that the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization of mifepristone could be invalidated or put on hold due to a ruling in a Texas lawsuit.
The purchase of a three-year supply of the medication by Washington state was prompted by this potential outcome. The lawsuit was initiated by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian organization, in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in the previous year.
“This Texas lawsuit is a clear and present danger to patients and providers all across the country,” Inslee said in a statement. “Washington will not sit by idly and risk the devastating consequences of inaction.”
Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, who was nominated by former President Donald Trump, is overseeing the Texas lawsuit. The matter was debated before Kacsmaryk last month, and he pledged to make a decision “as soon as possible,” but did not suggest which side might prevail.
In the interim, Governor Inslee has directed the Washington State Patrol to refrain from collaborating with investigations into abortions that occur outside the state. Furthermore, abortion legislation is anticipated to be approved by the state legislature later this session.