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As it turned out, the Supreme Court puts off making a decision on restrictions on abortion pills until Friday.

In a surprise move, the supreme court extended its review of an appeals court ruling reimposing restrictions on abortion drug mifepristone until Friday, meaning there would be no changes to the drug’s availability until then, if at all. The body is dominated by conservative jurors who just last year overturned Roe v Wade, but it’s too soon to tell if they’re ready to crack down on a medication abortion advocate have been hoping would allow people nationwide to continue accessing the procedure. Meanwhile, in the Capitol, House Republicans unveiled a proposal to increase the debt ceiling that would also cut spending and stop the White House’s attempts to relieve some student loan debt. Joe Biden did not sound open to the plan.

Here’s what else happened today:

  1. A top House Republican said the party plans to impeach homeland security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
  2. A mother and son were convicted for storming the Capitol on January 6, with zip-ties in hand.
    Ron DeSantis went to Washington yesterday, hoping to drum up support for his much-anticipated presidential bid. It did not go well.
  3. Biden will on Monday welcome to the White House the “Tennessee Three”, as the Democratic lawmakers who protested on the floor of the state House of Representatives in favor of gun control are known.
  4. Donald Trump’s indictment is not exactly changing a lot of minds, a new poll found.

Before the supreme court decided to extend its decision until Friday, a ruling in the mifepristone case had been expected today since the supreme court’s stay on the appeals court’s decision was to expire at midnight. Here’s a story by the Guardian’s Lauren Gambino on the twists and turns in this complex case:

The future of abortion access was once again before the US supreme court on Wednesday, as the justices weighed whether to sharply restrict access to the most common method of ending pregnancies while a lawsuit over the drug proceeds.

An order was expected less than a year after the supreme court overturned the constitutional right to abortion, returning the matter the states. It was the latest development in a legal battle initiated by campaigners seeking to revoke a 23-year-old Food and Drug Administration approval of the pill, mifepristone.

Earlier this month, Matthew Kacsmaryk, a federal judge in Texas, declared the FDA improperly approved the drug in 2000, effectively saying it should be pulled from the market even where abortion remains legal.

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