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In a case that could reshape pregnancy in America, a federal judge on Friday sided with anti-abortion groups seeking a nationwide ban on abortion pills, ruling that the Food and Drug Administration acted improperly in approving mifepristone in 2000. The ruling will go into effect in seven days if a stay is not granted by an appeals court or by the Supreme Court.

The ruling could affect people in every state, including those where abortion access is protected.


An FDA spokesperson said late Friday evening that it had appealed the ruling. “FDA stands behind its determination that mifepristone is safe and effective under its approved conditions of use for medical termination of early pregnancy, and believes patients should have access to FDA-approved medications that FDA has determined to be safe and effective for their intended uses,” the spokesperson said.

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