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NY AG Letitia James Faces New Lawsuit

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New York Attorney General Letitia James is facing yet another lawsuit, this time over her reversal of an abortion pill protocol.

Last week, the National Institute for Family and Life Advocates, Gianna’s House, Inc., and Choose Life of Jamestown, Inc. filed a lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James. They allege that James is using state regulatory power to prevent nonprofit pregnancy centers and their affiliates from providing information about abortion pill reversal, Newsweek reported.

An Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) procedure involves administering progesterone to a woman who has changed her mind about terminating a pregnancy after taking mifepristone, a drug used to initiate an abortion. The progesterone is intended to counteract the effects of mifepristone, the outlet reported.

The lawsuit states that a woman identified as Maranda recently welcomed her daughter into the world after an assisted reproductive procedure. According to the lawsuit, the mother was taking mifepristone but later changed her mind about her pregnancy and received information from “New Hope Family Services’ website about a method of using FDA-approved progesterone supplements, which physicians may lawfully prescribe under New York law, to save a developing child by counteracting the hormone-blocking effects of mifepristone.”

“The Attorney General alleges that New Hope and the other pro-life pregnancy centers are spreading ‘false and misleading’ information about progesterone treatment. She seeks an injunction and other penalties to censor their attempts to provide this information,” said the lawsuit, according to Newsweek. “This action seeks to enjoin the Attorney General from targeting, chilling, and punishing Plaintiffs’ speech about progesterone treatment, and to declare that her actions violate Plaintiffs’ First and Fourteenth Amendment rights to speak freely, to practice their religion, and to due process under the law.”

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Earlier this month, James faced a similar lawsuit from a coalition of anti-abortion groups. They claimed she was trying to prevent Christian pregnancy centers from promoting what they called the abortion pill reversal protocol.

The Abortion Pill Rescue Network states that studies of the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) procedure show a 64–68 percent success rate in allowing the pregnancy to continue. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States has not, however, approved this course of action.

Jor-El Godsey, President of Heartbeat International, one of several pro-life groups named as plaintiffs in the suit, said in a statement that “New York State laws protect abortionists and abortion on demand up until birth. Now they are targeting those who assist a woman in exercising her right to continue her pregnancy.”

A Fox News contributor claimed in April that Donald Trump has the right to sue James for allegedly violating the former president’s civil rights.

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Political analyst and frequent guest on the conservative news channel Deroy Murdock made the statement following the decision of a New York appeals court to postpone the payment of Trump’s $454 million civil fraud penalty resulting from James’ lawsuit. Instead, the former president was instructed to pay a $175 million bond within ten days while he filed an appeal with the court.

Murdock restated his recommendations from an American Spectator article that Trump should sue James for remarks she made in 2018 when she was a candidate for New York state attorney general, Newsweek noted.

He said that James declared that she was going to oppose the Trump administration because it was “too male, too pale, and too stale.”

“Now, you could talk about stale ideas, that’s fine, but too male and too pale constitute, basically, sex and race discrimination. So I think what President Trump ought to do is sue her based on the 1964 Civil Rights Act,” Murdock told Fox News.

“Her office gets federal money for various subsidies for law enforcement activity. So federal money is flowing into her office and if she is engaged in that kind of sexual and racial discrimination and that kind of language, I think she’s wide open to exposure under the 1964 Civil Rights Act,” Murdock said.

“Donald J. Trump should sue Letitia James based on civil rights,” Murdock added.

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