The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday blocked new restrictions set by lower courts on a widely used abortion pill, delivering a victory to President Joe Biden’s administration as it defends broad access to the drug in the latest fierce legal battle over reproductive rights in the United States.
The justices, in a brief order, granted emergency requests by the Justice Department and the pill’s manufacturer Danco Laboratories to put on hold an April 7 preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk in Texas.
Conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito publicly dissented from the decision. The Supreme Court had faced a self-imposed deadline to act by 11:59 p.m. EDT before restrictions on access to mifepristone ordered Kacsmaryk would take effect.
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BREAKING: Supreme Court rules to preserve the widely used abortion pill mifepristone as the legal battle continues. https://t.co/aISsDmbZLI
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