WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously preserved access to a medication that was used in nearly two-thirds of all abortions in the U.S. last year.

This was the court’s first abortion decision since conservative justices overturned Roe v. Wade two years ago.

The case had threatened to restrict access to mifepristone across the country, including in states where abortion remains legal.

The justices ruled that abortion opponents lacked the legal right to sue over the federal Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the medication, mifepristone, and the FDA’s subsequent actions to ease access to it.

The case, formally known as Food and Drug Administration vs Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, is just one of more than two dozen cases that the court has heard this term, but not yet ruled upon. At least three other opinions also were issued Thursday.

The high court is separately considering another abortion case, about whether a federal law on emergency treatment at hospitals overrides state abortion bans in rare emergency cases in which a pregnant patient’s health is at serious risk.

Health care providers have said that if mifepristone is no longer available or is too hard to obtain, they would switch to using only misoprostol, which is somewhat less effective in ending pregnancies.

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