Washington State Purchases Three-Year Supply of Abortion Pill

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Washington State's government announced on Tuesday that it has purchased a three year supply of the abortion pill mifepristone, as a Texas Judge considers a ban on its sale nationwide.

A government statement stated that the state's Democratic Governor directed its Department of Corrections to purchase this medication in December. The Department of Corrections has a pharmacy licence.

It was added that the full shipment of goods arrived on March 31.

U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, in Amarillo in Texas, could order soon that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reconsider its 22-year old approval of a pill used to perform the most common abortion in the United States or revoke the approval outright.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee tweeted that "health care decisions should be made by patients and doctors, not Texas judges." He added that the purchase would ensure "continued accessibility" for all of his state's residents.

The legal battles in the United States over abortion rights intensified after a Supreme Court decision last year overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized the procedure.