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A lawsuit in a federal court in Texas may block access to mifepristone, an abortion drug approved by the FDA. The lawsuit claims the drug is not safe and that the FDA didn’t study it enough to approve it, despite several studies that have shown it to be safe and effective for more than two decades. The lawsuit from anti-abortion doctors and medical associations intends to require the FDA to withdraw or suspend its approval of the drug, as well as block the agency’s more recent regulatory changes making the pills more accessible. The judge hearing the case, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, did not share an explicit timeline for when he’ll rule, telling the parties Wednesday he would issue an order and opinion “as soon as possible.” If he were to rule against the FDA, an appeal is almost certainly guaranteed to follow — and could ultimately make its way to the Supreme Court.


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