Explainer-How recent lawsuits could affect access to abortion pills

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By Brendan Pierson (Reuters) – A federal judge in Texas held a hearing on Wednesday in a case seeking to ban the abortion drug mifepristone nationwide, while at least three other lawsuits seek to expand access to it. Below is a guide to what is at stake. WHAT IS MEDICATION ABORTION? Medication abortion is a two-drug regimen consisting of mifepristone followed by misoprostol used to terminate a pregnancy within the first 10 weeks. Medication abortion, which accounts for more than half of U.S. abortions, has been under increasing scrutiny since the U.S. Supreme Court last June reversed its landm…

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