Mifepristone: US Supreme Court delays abortion pill access decision

A ruling that would restrict access to an abortion pill across the US will take effect unless the conservative-dominated Supreme Court intervenes.

The top court last year struck down the national right to abortion, some Republican states passed outright bans.

The latest action by anti-abortion groups now seeks to limit access to the abortion pill mifepristone.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court asked for more time to consider whether to keep mifepristone on the market.

The new deadline will be 23:59 EST on Friday (04:59 BST on Saturday).

The pill is used in more than half of abortions in the US.

It was first approved by the Federal and Drug Administration (FDA) more than two decades ago. Here’s how we got here.

Earlier this month, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction revoking the FDA’s approval for the drug while he hears a lawsuit brought by a group of anti-abortion health professionals against the agency challenging the safety of mifepristone.

In the ruling,…

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