Mifepristone | Big decision of US court, ban on use of mifepristone for abortion lifted

Representative Image Washington: The US Supreme Court on Friday stayed a lower court order banning the drug ‘Mifepristone’, used for abortion, in an important decision. Supreme Court justices approved emergency requests from President Joe Biden’s administration and New York-based Danko Laboratories, the drug maker of ‘mifepristone’. He appealed against the lower court’s decision which had canceled the approval given by the Food and Drug Administration to ‘Mifepristone’. This drug is being used in the US since 2000 and more than 5 million women have used it. Read also ‘Mifepristone’ is taken with another drug called misoprostol and more than half of abortions in the US are done with this drug. Friday’s order by the Supreme Court will keep the use of ‘mifepristone’ in check for at least next year until appeals against it are decided. An appeal can be made against this decision in the High Court. President Joe Biden praised the court for maintaining the availability of ‘Mifepristone’. With this latest decision, pregnant women of 10 weeks can undergo abortion using ‘Mifepristone’ and ‘Misoprostol’ instead of surgical abortion. (agency)

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