world : Supreme Court rejects challenge to abortion drug mifepristone

world : Supreme Court rejects challenge to abortion drug mifepristone
world : Supreme Court rejects challenge to abortion drug mifepristone

Thursday 13 June 2024 10:30 PM

Nafeza 2 world - In recent months, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has called for compromise from his party members, suggesting strict bans were politically costly.

On Thursday morning, speaking to House Republicans, Trump seemed to advocate for exceptions to anti-abortion laws, saying "like Ronald Reagan, you have to have three choices: life of the mother, rape and incest".

He added: "But you have to follow your own heart."

The two-drug regimen was approved for use up to 10 weeks of pregnancy by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000. A patient is first given mifepristone to induce an abortion and then misoprostol to empty the uterus.

Since 2016, the FDA has eased access to the drug and has allowed doctors to hold virtual appointments with patients and for prescriptions to be sent by mail. Those more recent approvals were at question in this case.

Nearly two-thirds of all abortions in the US now are medication abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Throughout two decades of use, the FDA, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists (ACOG) and other mainstream medical organisations have maintained that both mifepristone and misoprostol are safe for use.

US studies say medication abortion is about 95% effective in ending pregnancy and requires further medical follow-up less than 1% of the time.

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