DOJ to Ask SCOTUS to Put Abortion Pill Limits on Hold
The fate of abortion pill mifepristone remains unclear
A federal appeals court ruled that the abortion pill mifepristone can still be used for now but reduced the period of pregnancy when the drug can be taken and said it could not be dispensed by mail.
The decision late Wednesday temporarily narrowed a ruling by a lower court judge in Texas that had completely blocked the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the nation’s most commonly used method of abortion. Still, preventing the pill from being sent by mail amounts to another significant curtailing of abortion access — less than a year after the reversal of Roe v. Wade resulted in more than a dozen states effectively banning abortion outright.
In response Thursday, the Justice Department said it will ask the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) for an emergency order to put any action on hold.
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