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Packages of mifepristone tablets are displayed at a family planning clinic on April 13, 2023 in Rockville, Md. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images hide caption

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Boxes containing doses of the abortion pill mifepristone are laid out at the Hope Clinic in Illinois. The Comstock Act of 1873, which outlawed the distribution of "obscene" materials such as contraception, is being cited as a basis for blocking the mailing of mifepristone. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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