Supreme Court will hear abortion drug challenge in first major post-Roe case

The US Supreme Court will hear a challenge to a long-standing approval of a widely used abortion drug, the first major abortion case to reach the nation’s highest court after it struck down Roe v Wade last summer.

Mifepristone, one of two drugs in a two-drug protocol for medication abortion, was approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration more than two decades ago. But a lawsuit filed by an influential right-wing legal group and anti-abortion activists has sought to revoke that approval as part of a years-long campaign to outlaw abortion nationwide.

A ruling to strike down the federal government’s approval of the drug could drastically impact access to abortion and miscarriage care for millions of Americans across the country, including in states where it is legally protected.

Last year, the court’s conservative supermajority revoked a constitutional right to abortion care in a landmark decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a ruling that reversed the decades-old precedent established by Roe v Wade.

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