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How The Far Right Engineered an Assault on Abortion Access, Even in Blue States

The Supreme Court is set to hear a case that threatens to erode abortion rights even in states that have acted to preserve them. (Click image for article.)

The conservative legal movement still has its sights set on abortion. ILLUSTRATION:JIANAN LIU/HUFFPOST; PHOTO:GETTY IMAGES

 

The Supreme Court took a sledgehammer to U.S. abortion rights two years ago, ostensibly sending it back to the states. But the campaign to dismantle abortion access continues, spurred on by a powerful network of ultraconservatives.

On Tuesday, the justices will hear arguments in a case specially designed to give them another opportunity to erode abortion access across the country: FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine.

Since the court ruled on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case that overturned Roe v. Wade, Americans have come to rely even more on an “abortion pill,” mifepristone, a method of ending a pregnancy that can fit through the mail and be taken from the comfort of home. The drug was already the most common drug used in medication abortions before the court’s bombshell decision, and data shows that its use has ticked up as abortion clinics shuttered across conservative-led states.

But with this case, access to mifepristone may now under threat even in states that passed measures to preserve the right to abortion.

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