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Dr. Grace Shih is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at University of Washington. She completed her medical degree at University of Florida, family medicine residency at Brown University, and her Family Planning Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the Director of the WWAMI Region Family Medicine Residency Network, UW RHEDI Director, and Co-Director of the UWFM Reproductive Health and Advocacy Fellowship.

Mifepristone is under scrutiny in the courts, but it has been used safely and effectively around the world for decades

A flurry of court rulings in April 2023 has left the future of the abortion pill mifepristone in question. For now, a U.S. Supreme Court decision on April 21 allows the drug to remain accessible without additional restrictions as the merits of the case are weighed in lower court proceedings. Depending on the outcome, the pill could face a ban or tightened restrictions on its usage, a possibility that has many health care providers concerned. Grace Shih, a family physician practicing in Washington state, explains the science behind mifepristone as well as its safety and efficacy in medication abortions.

Subjects: Food & Drug Law, Health, Healthcare, Legal Research, Privacy, Supreme Court, United States Law