MedPage Today  |  April 17, 2023

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On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito put on hold rulings by a federal district court judge in Texas and by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that would have severely restricted access to mifepristone (Mifeprex), an abortion medication used as part of a two-pill regimen to terminate pregnancies through the first 10 weeks of gestation. Alito’s order is intended to pause the current legal chaos and maintain the medication’s status quo while the Supreme Court has time to review the rulings from the lower courts. His order lasts until Wednesday night, and he has instructed the litigants to file their brief by noon on Tuesday.

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