US Supreme Court to decide fate of medication abortion access nationwide  – Pennsylvania Capital-Star

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court announced Wednesday it will hear oral arguments and decide whether access to the abortion pill can remain legal nationwide following legal challenges.

The case comes less than two years after the conservative-leaning justices overturned the constitutional right to an abortion that had stood for nearly 50 years.

The drug at the center of the case, mifepristone, is used in more than half of pregnancy terminations within the United States as part of a two-pharmaceutical regimen that includes misoprostol as the second medication. Both are also used in miscarriage treatment.

The case comes more than 23 years after the FDA originally approved mifepristone to end a pregnancy and seven years after the federal agency began making changes to prescribing guidelines for medication abortions.

This developing story will be updated.



Originally published at www.penncapital-star.com,by Jennifer Shutt

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