The state of Washington is stockpiling abortion drugs, according to Democratic Governor Jay Inslee, in anticipation of a court decision that may severely restrict the market.
According to Inslee, collecting the three-year supply will cost around $1.28 million, or about $42.50 for each pill.
He also noted that the state made the bulk purchase through the Department of Corrections, which has a pharmacy license.
The most popular choice for women seeking abortions in the U.S. is a two-pill combination called mifepristone and misoprostol, available in 30,000 doses overall.
The purchase was made amid worries that the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of mifepristone would be revoked or suspended due to a decision in a Texas lawsuit.
After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year, a Christian organization named Alliance Defending Freedom filed the lawsuit.
Inslee said, “This Texas lawsuit is a clear and present risk to patients and doctors around the country.”
Washington “won’t sit by helplessly and risk the catastrophic results of inactivity.”
The Texas lawsuit is being heard by Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, who former President Donald Trump chose.
Last month, after hearing arguments on the subject, Kacsmaryk promised to decide “as quickly as feasible,” although he did not mention which course of action was more likely.
While this is happening, Inslee has given the Washington State Police an order not to assist with any out-of-state abortion inquiries.
Later this session, it is anticipated that the state legislature will enact measures restricting abortion.