Medication abortion now accounts for more than half of all abortions in the United States. Typically, patients take a two different pills: first mifepristone, then misoprostol. Even though this option has been legally available for more than two decades, two recent events have raised legal questions about it. First, the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health ruling overturned the constitutional right to abortion recognized in 1973 in Roe v. Wade. Second, in January 2023, the Food and Drug Administration decided that certified U.S. pharmacies could sell mifepristone by prescription. The result is a raft of new legal battles over access to medication abortion.

Naomi R. Cahn & Sonia Suter, Medication abortion could get harder to obtain - or easier: There’s a new wave of post-Dobbs lawsuits on abortion pills, The Conversation (February 9, 2023).
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