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Supreme Court’s Roe Ruling Tees Up Fight Over Abortion Pills

Abortion rights demonstrators outside the US Supreme Court on June 25.

Abortion rights demonstrators outside the US Supreme Court on June 25.

Photographer: Eric Lee/Bloomberg

The US Supreme Court decision overturning federal abortion rights sets the stage for conservative states to drastically limit access to a pill used to end early pregnancies.

The ruling is likely to make abortion illegal in half the country and puts the authority to regulate the procedure back in the hands of state governments. Legal scholars say the move could spur states to go after mifepristone, a medication that’s used for the majority of US abortions.