Can I still get a medication abortion?

The answer is complicated and likely dependent on where you live, thanks to dueling decisions by federal judges in Texas and Washington

Franz Theard watches a patient from Texas take mifepristone, the first medication in a medical abortion, with medical assistant Elizabeth Hernandez, at his clinic, Women’s Reproductive Clinic of New Mexico in Santa Teresa on Jan. 13. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)
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A federal judge in Texas blocked U.S. government approval of a key abortion medication late Friday, siding with abortion foes in an unprecedented lawsuit.

In a competing opinion a short time later, another federal judge in Washington state ruled in a separate case that the drug is safe and effective. He ordered the Food and Drug Administration to retain access in the 17 states — along with D.C. — that are behind the lawsuit seeking to protect medication abortion.

The dueling decisions create a standoff that will likely go to the Supreme Court, while creating confusion about the legality of the commonly used drug even in states where abortion is legal.

A Texas judge on April 7 blocked FDA approval of a widely used abortion pill. The decision will likely be appealed and could go to the Supreme Court. (Video: Billy Tucker, Zach Purser Brown/The Washington Post)

Here’s a look at medication abortions — the most common method of terminating a pregnancy in the United States — and how the cases could shape abortion care nationwide:

Abortion access in America

Tracking abortion access in the U.S.: After the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, the legality of abortion is left to individual states. The Post is tracking states where abortion is legal, banned or under threat.

Abortion pills: The Justice Department appealed a Texas judge’s decision that would block approval of the abortion pill mifepristone. The Supreme Court decided to retain full access to mifepristone as the appeal proceeds. Here’s an explanation of what happens next in the abortion pill case.

Post-Roe America: With Roe overturned, women who had secret abortions before Roe v. Wade felt compelled to speak out. Other women who were seeking abortions while living in states with strict abortion bans also shared their experiences with The Post through calls, text messages and other documentation. Here are photos and stories from across America since the reversal of Roe v. Wade.