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And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda is still shaping up, but we hope to check in on the Pharmalot ancestors, promenade with the official mascot, socialize with some neighbors, and hold another listening party with Mrs. Pharmalot (the rotation will include this, this, this and this). And what about you? This is a fine time to enjoy the great outdoors. So perhaps a drive in the country or a jaunt to a beach is in order. Feeling ambitious? You could clean out your castle and — if it warrants — set things aside to hold a yard sale. A little extra cash never hurts, does it? Or you could simply plan the rest of your life. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon. …

Less than a year after the U.S. Supreme Court declared it was ceding the matter of abortion to elected officials, the justices are poised to consider whether the most common method of ending pregnancies can be sharply curtailed in states where abortion remains legal, not just where it is illegal, The New York Times writes. After a federal appeals court imposed several barriers to access to an abortion pill late Wednesday night, the Justice Department announced on Thursday that it would seek emergency relief from the justices, asking them to block the ruling while a fast-tracked appeal moved forward. More from STAT.


U.S. telehealth abortion providers scrambled to keep their services available after a federal appeals court ruled that the abortion pill mifepristone could be distributed amid ongoing litigation but with significant restrictions, Reuters reports. The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a lower court order that confined use of the pill to the first seven weeks of pregnancy and required in-person doctor visits to obtain it. Several U.S. telehealth practices already switched to providing misoprostol-only abortion regimens, or were prepared to do so if necessary after midnight on Saturday when the new restrictions on the pill are due to take effect.

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