Abortion Pill Rulings in Conflict: What Happens Next?


April 11, 2023 | WTTW Chicago Tonight


On April 11, 2023, Mary FioRito joined Chicago Tonight to discuss “Abortion Pill Rulings in Conflict: What Happens Next?”

The future of the abortion pill mifepristone is in limbo. A Texas judge ruled to suspend the decades-old FDA approval of the pill last week. That same day, a Washington state judge ordered the FDA not to suspend the pill’s approval.

Watch here on WTTW.

EPPC Fellow Mary Hallan FioRito is an attorney, public speaker, and commentator on issues involving women’s leadership in the Catholic Church, work/life balance for mothers, and Catholic Church administration. Her interests also include human life issues, primarily abortion, post-abortion aftermath, and contraception.  After she received her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1993, the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin selected her as Director of Pro-life Activities for the Archdiocese of Chicago, the third largest Catholic diocese in the United States, home to more than 2.5 million Catholics. She was responsible for all activities related to abortion, post-abortion counseling, assisted suicide and euthanasia. Ms. FioRito worked in various capacities for the Catholic Church for more than 28 years, including serving as the Archdiocese of Chicago’s first female Vice-Chancellor. In 2003, she was promoted to the position of Executive Assistant to the late Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., a role she held until the time of the Cardinal’s death in April 2015.


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