Originally Published: 14 APR 23 09:50 ET
Updated: 14 APR 23 09:54 ET
By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter
(CNN) — The manufacturer of a key medication abortion drug asked the Supreme Court on Friday to intervene in an emergency dispute over a Texas judge’s medication abortion drug ruling, requesting that the court step in now rather than wait for an appeal of the ruling to formally play out.
The case is the most important abortion-related dispute to reach the high court since the justices overturned Roe v. Wade last term. It centers on the scope of the US Food and Drug Administration’s authority to regulate a drug that is used in the majority of abortions today in states that still allow the procedure.
The Department of Justice is also expected to ask the justices to step in on an emergency basis before Friday night at midnight.
The clock is ticking. If the Supreme Court does not step in, the district court’s ruling, as amended by a subsequent appeals court opinion, will go into effect Friday night at midnight, and access to the drug mifepristone will be restricted while the appeals process plays out.
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**This image is for use with this specific article only** The manufacturer of medication abortion drug Mifepristone asked the Supreme Court on April 14 to intervene in an emergency dispute over a Texas judge’s medication abortion drug ruling.
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