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Abortion Pill Ruling

The Supreme Court unanimously rejected a challenge yesterday that sought to restrict access to the abortion drug mifepristone. The ruling prevents further limitations on access to the oral pill, which, when taken as part of a two-drug regimen, accounted for 63% of US abortions last year.

The challenge, which came two years after the court overturned Roe v. Wade, was brought by conservative medical groups who questioned the Food and Drug Administration’s approval and subsequent rule relaxations for how mifepristone can be prescribed and dispensed. The doctors argued they could be asked to treat complications from medical abortions; however, the justices determined the groups lacked standing as they neither prescribe nor use the drug. The ruling did not address the plaintiff’s safety concerns from when the FDA made the drug easier to obtain. See our previous write-up here.

Separately, the Supreme Court will rule on the legality of Idaho’s abortion ban in the coming weeks.

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