The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling Thursday to overturn a lower court and preserve access to the nation’s most commonly used abortion medication was met with relief among top state officials and abortion providers in Maine.

The legal effort to remove the drug from the market was closely watched in Maine, where mifepristone is used in two-thirds of all abortions at two of Maine’s clinics, Maine Family Planning in Augusta and Planned Parenthoodhealth in Portland, and half of the abortions at Mabel Wadsworth Center in Bangor. Providers feared the case could force them to rely on a less-effective form of medication abortion, which is especially critical in a rural state where patients are less able to travel to one of the few clinics providing the procedure.

Last year, Maine and 17 other states sued the Food and Drug Administration in an effort to eliminate restrictions the federal agency had placed on mifepristone, which has been used to induce abortions since the 1980s.

Here are some reactions to the ruling  in Maine.

Nicole Clegg, Interim CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England:
“The most important thing to know is that medication abortion remains legal in Maine for now. As the government made clear in this case, mifepristone is safe and effective and has been used in the United States for more than two decades. This case was built on lies about science, but it’s clear the plaintiffs’ real objection was to our autonomy and freedom.”

George A. Hill, Maine Family Planning President and CEO:
“The correct decision was reached in this case, and as a result, medication abortion will continue to remain widely available in Maine. This was a clear overreach from the anti-abortion groups who brought this lawsuit. Despite their claims, decades of research show mifepristone is as safe or safer than other commonly used drugs, including penicillin and acetaminophen. While this challenge failed, these groups will try again with new, novel ways to undermine access in their efforts to ban abortion nationwide.”

Gov. Janet Mills:
“The Supreme Court was right to reject this legally and scientifically meritless case, and I join the many Maine people who today are breathing a sigh of relief that mifepristone will remain legal and accessible across our state and nation. While this ruling is welcome news, we know this: the reproductive rights of women remain under direct and constant attack, and I pledge that my administration will continue to fight any attempts to undermine reproductive rights in Maine.”

Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey:
“This ruling is a big win for health care access. And while I, like so many, am deeply relieved, my office will remain vigilant for the anti-abortion movement’s next attempt to roll back reproductive freedom.”

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