A federal judge in Texas is holding a hearing Wednesday on whether to undo government approval of one of the country’s most widely used abortion drugs. He could rule at any time after the hearing.
The drug in question, mifepristone, has been available in the United States for more than 22 years, and even longer in Europe. Administered in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy, it works by blocking the hormone progesterone, which the uterus needs to support a fertilized egg. It’s taken along with the drug misoprostol, which causes uterine contractions that expel the pregnancy.
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