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U.S. Supreme Court pauses case that could restrict abortion pill access

A case that could decide how and where women can access a widely-used abortion pill has been on hold by the Supreme Court.

Earlier this month, a federal court in Texas ruled to invalidate the FDA approval for the drug mifepristone. An appeals court declined to uphold that invalidation, but did agree to allow restrictions on the drug, including limits on how it’s dispensed. 

Now, a hold placed on that order by the Supreme Court has been extended until Friday while the justices consider the case. In the meantime, mifepristone remains available nationwide.

Datacollected by Kaiser Health shows more than half of all abortions were done using a medication regimen that often includes mifepristone by 20121.

Planned Parenthood Arizona stressed that regardless of what happens next at the Supreme Court, medication abortion is still legal in Arizona because of a separate ruling from Washington state that safeguards access in some states.

Alisa Reznick is a senior field correspondent covering stories across southern Arizona and the borderlands for the Tucson bureau of KJZZ's Fronteras Desk.