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The Justice Department had asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans for an emergency stay of an abortion pill ruling by a federal judge in Texas while the court hears the case. Jonathan Bachman/AP hide caption

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U.S. appeals court preserves partial access to abortion pill, but with tighter rules

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Misoprostol is typically used as part of a two-drug protocol for a medication abortion. But it is also safe and effective when used alone, doctors say. ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Medication abortion is still possible with just one drug. Here's how it works

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Mifepristone is part of a two-drug protocol that a recent study showed was used in 98% of medication abortions in 2020. Allen G. Breed/AP hide caption

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Judges' dueling decisions put access to a key abortion drug in jeopardy nationwide

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Misoprostol is currently approved by the FDA for use as an ulcer drug, not as a standalone abortion pill. Doctors already use it off-label for a variety of gynecological purposes beyond abortion, including for IUD insertion and for labor and delivery. Victor R. Caivano/AP hide caption

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Why an ulcer drug could be the last option for many abortion patients

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A Trump-appointed Texas judge could force a major abortion pill off the market

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The Food and Drug Administration announced it has loosened some restrictions on the pill mifepristone, allowing it to be dispensed by more pharmacies and without an in-person exam. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Containers of mifepristone and misoprostol — medications used to end a pregnancy — sit on a table inside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Fairview Heights, Ill. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Dr. Rebecca Gomperts says the government has seized abortion drugs she has prescribed from overseas to patients in the U.S. The drugs are approved by the FDA to induce abortion under a doctor's direction. Stormi Greener/Star Tribune via Getty Images hide caption

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology says suggestions that a medical abortion can be reversed after more than an hour has passed aren't supported by scientific evidence. Roy Scott/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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In the markets of San Salvador, El Salvador, you can have your palm read, you can buy plumbing tools ... and you can purchase abortion pills. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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Even When Abortion Is Illegal, The Market May Sell Pills For Abortion

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