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The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday extended a stay on limits to a federally approved abortion drug, giving the panel two more days to consider a case that could determine whether the widely used medication can remain on the market.

The stay, now in place until the end of Friday, was due to end at midnight amid an unprecedented case testing the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to approve and regulate drugs.


A Texas district court judge earlier this month ordered the pill, called mifepristone, off the market, arguing that the FDA acted hastily when it approved the medicine more than two decades ago. An appeals court last week said the pill could remain available, but barred providers from sending mifepristone through the mail.

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