U.S. Supreme Court: Abortion Pill Is Available Until Tomorrow

The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that mifepristone, one-half of the medical abortion treatment regimen, will be available until at least tomorrow.

“The justices are scheduled to meet for a private conference Friday, where they could talk about the issue,” The Detroit News said late yesterday. “The additional time could be part of an effort to craft an order that has broad support among the justices. Or one or more justices might be writing a separate opinion, and asked for a couple of extra days.”

The chaos over access to mifepristone started when a Texas judge ruled that the FDA violated its own approval guidelines, which essentially stopped the pregnant people from having access to the pill. Then, a judge from the state of Washington countered the Texas judge’s ruling by stating the pill will remain available for his and 18 other states. The U.S. Supreme Court allowed access but within short windows.

“I want to be clear: abortion, including medication abortion, remains safe and legal in the state of Michigan,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in recent written statement.

In Michigan, mifepristone — in combination with another drug, misoprostol — is used in more than half of all abortions, according to Bridge Michigan. In 2012, 51 percent of Michigan’s 15,367 abortions in Michigan were nonsurgical, according to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.

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