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Newsom stockpiles 2 million abortion pills so Californians can access them after judge's ruling

The medication Newsom is stockpiling is one of two FDA-approved drugs that induce abortion.

Published: April 11, 2023 7:54am

Updated: April 11, 2023 8:02am

California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom is stockpiling as much as 2 million misoprostol pills used to terminate a pregnancy – after a federal judge's ruling last week sought to halt the FDA's approval of another abortifacient, mifepristone.

"We will not cave to extremists who are trying to outlaw these critical abortion services," Newsom said Monday in announcing his plan. "Medication abortion remains legal in California."

Mifepristone is used in conjunction with misoprostol to terminate a pregnancy through 10 weeks of gestation, according to the FDA. Misoprostol still can effectively terminate a pregnancy when used alone, according to a National Institutes of Health study but the Food and Drug Administration has not approved it for abortions. 

The Biden administration is appealing the ruling from the Texas-based federal judge that brought mifepristone's status into question. The case is expected to be heard by the Supreme Court.

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