Blue Mountain Clinic sues to protect abortion pill access

Abortion providers in three states, including Blue Mountain Clinic in Missoula, filed a lawsuit Monday aimed at preserving access to the abortion pill mifepristone, even as the drug is threatened by a separate Texas lawsuit winding its way through the U.S. court system.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Virginia on behalf of clinics in Virginia, Montana and Kansas, is the latest legal action over the decades-old pill, which is part of the two-drug regimen used in most U.S. abortions.

A federal judge in Texas issued a ruling last month that would have revoked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s longstanding approval of the pill, an unprecedented challenge to the federal drug regulator. But the Supreme Court blocked that decision and other limits from a lower court from taking effect while the lawsuit continues.

Abortion-rights advocates and their opponents continue jostling for a legal foothold on the issue across the country.

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The clinics in Virginia, Montana and Kansas sued the FDA on Monday in federal court to force the agency to drop several long-standing restrictions on how mifepristone can be prescribed.

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