- Today’s key hearing: A federal judge in Texas asked questions during a high-stakes hearing Wednesday that suggested he is seriously considering blocking the US government’s approval of the drug used for medication abortions and the FDA’s moves to relax the rules around its use. The judge pledged to issue an order and opinion in the case “as soon as possible.”
- The case: A group of anti-abortion doctors and medical associations are requesting a preliminary injunction that would force the FDA to withdraw or suspend its 2000 approval of the drug mifepristone while the lawsuit plays out.
- What’s at stake: Depending on how the Trump-appointed judge handles the lawsuit, access could be cut off nationwide to the most common method of abortion in the US, even in states where medication abortion is legal. It is the biggest abortion-related case since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year.
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