The US Supreme Court on Friday temporarily lifted restriction to access to the abortion pill mifepristone.
Justice Alito blocked a lower court’s ruling that restricted access to the abortion pill until Wednesday at 11:59.
Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Trump-appointee last week issued an order blocking access to mifepristone.
The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld parts of Judge Kacsmaryk’s order.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Friday temporarily blocked lower court rulings that imposed tighter restrictions on the abortion pill mifepristone.
U.S. Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk of the U.S. Northern District of Texas suspended the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of mifepristone last week.
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked that part of Kacsmaryk’s order and kept the FDA approval in place. But the appeals court temporarily re-imposed tighter restrictions on how mifepristone is used and distributed, which would make it more difficult for women to access the drug.
Alito blocked those rulings restricting mifepristone access until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
The ultimate outcome of the national legal battle over mifepristone could sharply limit access to the medication, even in states where abortion remains legal. Mifepristone, used in combination with another drug called misoprostol, is the most common method to terminate a pregnancy in the U.S., accounting for about half of all abortions.
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