A US district judge in Texas temporarily suspended the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of mifepristone, medication abortion that’s prescribed in a two-drug regimen, usually to end a pregnancy in the first trimester and treat early miscarriages. The Supreme Court blocked the lower court's restriction on mifepristone while a lawsuit targeting the abortion pill proceeds.
Thirty-seven states have legal access to some form of medication abortion: Mifepristone is widely available in 22 states and can be prescribed by a clinician. The pill is restricted in some form in another 15 states and must be prescribed by a doctor/physician.
Here is an overview of where medication abortion is legal, restricted, or banned in the US.
Of the 46 states and/or cities that reported abortion data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2020, 51% of reported abortions were early medical abortions—meaning the medical abortion occurred at a gestational age of nine weeks or earlier, according to the CDC. The CDC also says that mifepristone and misoprostol are typically used to induce a medical abortion during an early pregnancy (gestational age of nine weeks or less).