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Access to a key abortion drug is in legal limbo. Here’s how medication abortion works

Two federal judges hearing cases about mifepristone have issued contradictory decisions, throwing the future of a drug used in nearly all U.S. medication abortions into question.

In Texas, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk ruled Friday that the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of mifepristone more than 20 years ago was improper.

Kacsmaryk issued a nationwide injunction — set to take effect in seven days — to pause the FDA’s approval.

Hours later, U.S. District Judge Thomas O. Rice issued his decision in a…

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